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This seemed like a fairly straightforward citation search but (due
perhaps to limited local resources in southern Ontario) I haven't nailed
it down.

The War of 1812 demonstrated the high cost of moving strategic goods to
the frontier.

There were significant discussions  north of the border immediately
after the war about how to address the problem.  The canal building
programs at Lachine and on the Ottawa and Rideau were a direct result.

Surely those promoting the Erie Canal discussed the same issues?  Where
is it discussed in the historiography of the canal?

Walter Lewis
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