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January 4 1784

Proposal For Canals and Locks

George Washington, under his company the Patomack Company, submitted another proposal for a series of canals and locks along the Potomac River between Georgetown and Harpers Ferry. His proposal gained the support of both Maryland and Virginia.

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James Rumsey Appointed

George Washington appointed James Rumsey the superintendent of fieldwork in the Patomack Company. However, Rumsey quickly resigned after one year, in part due to the problems plaguing the company and quarrels between management.

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Patomack Company Canals Completed

Work was completed on the Patomack Company canals in 1802, and the canals were opened for business.

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June 18 1812

War of 1812 Begins

President James Madison signs a declaration of war against Britain . Both the House of Representatives and Congress were divided on the issue, however ultimately voted in favor of war due to the Britain's attempts to restrict U.S. trade, Britain's violation of maritime rights and the impressment of U.S. merchant seamen, and Britain's encouragement of Indian hostility towards Americans trying to expand West.


July 4 1828

C&O Canal Breaks Ground

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal broke ground on July 4, 1828, with a ceremonial groundbreaking by President John Quincy Adams in Washington D.C.

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