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1.Identify the major transportation improvements in this period and explain how they influenced the market economy.The introduction of the steamboat, canal, railroad and telegraph boosted the American economy because it allowed enterprises to sell their products easily. Farmers were linked to national and world markets and became consumers of manufactured goods. The completion of the Erie Canal allowed goods to flow between the great lakes and New York city. To compete with the Erie canal, many other states began to build networks of their own, ultimately leading to a drastic reduction in the cost of transport2.How did state and local governments promote the national economy in this period?