Fort Stanwix

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New York Canals
"Between  Rome and just west of Lock E22, the Erie Canal crosses the height of land that separates the Mohawk River basin (flowing east) from the Wood Creek Basin (flowing west).  Before the canal was constructed, this was a famous portage route where boats hauling goods east to west had to be carried across the divide."

Fort Stanwix was built to control this principal route from the Hudson River to Lake Ontario. 

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