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Master of Arts (MA)




This study deals with the influence of rivers on the history of Indiana. It is difficult for us to visualize that some of the small streams that we cross many times with hardly a glance, were once the most important link in a vast chain of commerce. The early settler depended on these streams to get his surplus products to market. A glance at a road map of Indiana will reveal the importance that the early settler assigned to rivers and streams. Can you find any city or town of any size that is not located near a stream of some kind? This study dealt with the ways in which the early settler used the rivers and how they influenced his mode of living. Some historical events involving rivers were studied in the light of their influence on the history of Indiana.