Definitions for "Erie Canal"
Keywords:  hudson, albany, buffalo, barge, canal
an artificial waterway connecting the Hudson river at Albany with Lake Erie at Buffalo; built in the 19th century; now part of the New York State Barge Canal
Canal built in the early 1800's that connected Lake Erie to the Hudson River. The Erie Canal provided a water route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes entirely within the United States.
Most important and profitable of the barge canals of the 1820s and 1830s; stretched from Buffalo to Albany, New York, connecting the Great Lakes to the East Coast and making New York City the nation's largest port.