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[Detail] Ships at the Erie Basin, New York.


Collection Overview

Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion,1820-1890, presents diaries, letters, logbooks, photographs and other materials that document sea travel and the role of maritime events in the westward expansion of the United States. Of special interest are writings of children describing their shipboard experiences and the adventures involved in traveling westward.

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  • Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915

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