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*1825 Onondaga Ridge finishing the entire canal.
The [http://www.eriecanal.org Erie Canal] contributed to the wealth and importance of New York City, Buffalo, and New York State. It increased trade throughout the nation by opening eastern and overseas markets to Midwestern farm products and enabling migration to the West. New ethnic Irish communities formed in towns along the canal, as Irish immigrants were a large portion of labor force involved in its construction.<ref name=":0">1.   Wikipedia contributors, "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_Canal Erie Canal]" in ''Wikipedia:'' ''The Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 15 April 2011).</ref>
The [http://www.eriecanal.org Erie Canal website] and the {{FHL|181733|title-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} have more information about the history of the Erie Canal.
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