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The Evolution of River Transport: Watercraft and Migration; Portage and Canals

The Evolution of River Transport:
Watercraft and Migration; Portage and Canals

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 10:45am-12:00pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor Northrop

Free and open to the public


Download: audio, small video, or original.

Patrick Manning, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History at the University of Pittsburgh and President of the American Historical Association

Human migrations and exchanges on every continent have long relied on inland waterways—rivers and lakes. This presentation narrates the exploitation of inland waterways through the various types of watercraft, their social purposes, and the portages and canals that extended waterways. The interpretation highlights the continuity of public works in human history.

Keynote address of Grasping Water: Rivers and Human Systems in China, Africa, and North America.

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