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Voyaging the Mississippi: How Flatboats Shaped American History

Voyaging the Mississippi: How Flatboats Shaped American History

In the early years of the 19th century, vast numbers of small wooden boats plied the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Carrying goods to market and settlers to the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains, these vessels launched America’s western expansion. The boats were known by many names but, because they had a flat bottom and a shallow draft, they were commonly called “flatboats.” After the Civil...

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10 Best Bars in the South

10 Best Bars in the South

It may have been a while since you put on a pair of “nice pants” to go to a bar, but when that very 2022 confluence of joie de vivre and pandemic...

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News From Around the South, 8/8 to 8/15

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Voyaging the Mississippi: How Flatboats Shaped American History

In the early years of the 19th century, vast numbers of small wooden boats plied the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Carrying goods to market and settlers to the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains, these vessels launched America’s western expansion. The boats were...

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News From Around the South 8/1 to 8/8

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