Enterprise on the Water
After the War of 1812, shipping expanded its reach—and the nation grew with it.
Shipping was the lifeblood of the growing American nation in the first half of the 19th century. Ships and sailors connected manufacturers and customers, farmers and consumers, immigrants and their new homes—across the oceans, along the coasts, and up inland waterways. Ships ran on a regular schedule and began to take advantage of the power of steam.