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Chicago, named after Chigagou meaning the “wild garlic place”, contained several ecological attributes during the 19 th century. The natural landscape on which Chicago is located gave rise to its emergence as “nature’s metropolis” according to Cronon. Providing an ideal harbor spot of ships with sandbars absorbing tumultuous waves of Lake Michigan, Chicago offered opportunity for a myriad of trading and commerce. Its landscape consisted of flat, fertile land along with the convergence of rivers and waterways, further aiding the ease of transportation and trade. This allowed people to grow food and trade in the same place allowed for a lower transportation cost. In 1816, the newly rebuilt Fort Dearborn became an epicenter for trade through the American Fur Company. Because government viewed the land in Chicago as valuable, it took the last remaining Indian territories. This caused a social conflict stemming from the differing views of property and real estate. Chicago contained many natural advantages such as the resources of the region, transportation routes, and climate. Stimulating Chicago’s economy and raising awareness regarding the potential of this city, speculators began to buy and sell the land. They believed that the city was going to be the ending point of a major trading canal, and thus becoming profitable. Chicago’s real estate now became highly valued as speculators invested large sums of money into a market that wasn’t necessarily an economic reality. In 1837, the real estate market collapses when banks called in their loans. The trading center and great city of Chicago can be described by Cronon as “a junction of eastern means and western opportunity”. A gathering place where Euro Americans and Indians engaged in trading activities, lived together, and even married, Chicago created a social environment in the 19 th Century as it does in today’s society. People flocked to Chicago by the law of gravitation, or centralization, stating that people desire to be in contact with each other. An occurring theme throughout Chicago in the 19 th Century is that it exemplified a mentality of overcoming problems and championing obstacles presented. For example, the ecological problems that occurred regarding the mouth of the Chicago River involved building piers to combat the sandbar with too shallow waters for ships. Furthermore, when the poor drainage, immense amount of mud, and flooding became major issues in the city, Chicago did Economically speaking, it made the most sense for farmers to trade in and out of Chicago. They received more money for their crops as well as buy more supplies at a lower price due to Chicago’s cheap lake transportation to the east. Furthermore, the city presented more options and shops while facilitating low prices for eastern goods and high prices for western goods. The railroads extended the hinterland of Chicago even further by connecting it with the
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