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The authors discuss the importance of waterways for transportation in eastern North Carolina during the 17th- and 18th-centuries. At that time it was the only mode of travel to cover any distance in a reasonable amount of time and remained so until railroads replaced them in the early 19th-century. Bridges and ferries were necessities and were sources of income to their operators, and many farmers and manufacturers relied on water travel to get their products to market.
A chapter from the 1861 book, Sketches of Lower Carolina, this excerpt offers information pertaining to the construction of the Dismal Swap Canal, a waterway connecting the Albemarle Sound with Chesapeake Bay.
There's a lot of traveling done in North Carolina, but down in the eastern part of the state there's another form of travel that is becoming more and more popular - you'll find it on the rivers, sounds, and other waterways.