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It was the one great river which led from the eaastern shore into the heart of the continent. It possesseed a geographical monopoly; and it shouted its uniqueness ot adventurers. The river meant mobility and distance; it invited journeyings; it promised immense expanses, unfolding, flowing away into remote and changing horizons. The whole west, with all its riches, was the dominion of the river. To the unfettered and ambitious, it offered a pathway to the central mysteries of the continent. The river meant movement, transport, a ceaseless passage wet and east, the long procession of river craft—canoes, bateaux , timber rafts and steamboats—which followed each other into history. It seemed the destined pathway of North american trade; and from the river there rose, like an exhalation, the dream of western commercial empire. The river was to be the basis of a great transportation system by which the manufactures of the old world could be exchanged for the staple products of the new. This was the faith of successive
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