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When Waterways Were Highways: the Cape Fear River as a Transportation Link

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Cape Fear River connected communities in eastern Carolina's coastal plain. Transportation transformed from sail and rowboats to steamboats in the 19th-century. River traffic again evolved in the early 19th-century when motorized boat traffic replaced steamboats. Regardless of propulsion, river traffic promoted growth of two of the river's largest cities, Fayetteville and Wilmington.