George Washington Supervises Construction of the Patowmack Canal

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After returning from his trip to the Ohio country to survey the route of his proposed Patowmack Canal to make the Potomac River navigable and create a water highway to link it with the Ohio River, George Washington obtained approval from the Virginia and Maryland legislatures for the creation of the Patowmack Canal Company – and then began construction of the Patowmack Canal, with George Washington personally canoeing the various falls and rapids in order to determine the best location for the construction of the canal’s locks.  Using black powder to blast through the solid granite rocks at Great Falls and the location of the other locks, the Patowmack Canal was the first canal to be built in America and was deemed the greatest engineering feat of the entire 18th century.

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~ by americanpresidents on March 5, 2010.

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