Railroads and canals helped the United States grow by increasing
the transportation of goods. Before canals and railroads, goods
were moved by shipping with the flow of rivers or by horseback.
Canals and railroads also allowed goods to be carried faster and in
larger quantities then before.
the advantage of canals over railroads was they could carry
heavy materials quickly to where they where needed where as rail
was not able to carry very much.
Canals, while harder to build, were less expensive to
Railroads provided faster travel; a train could travel much
faster than a steamboat. Railroads were also cheaper and less
labor-intensive to build, as canals required much back breaking
digging and blasting, while railroads only needed people to nail
down rails and crossbeams.