The Necessity of a Ship-Canal between the East and West. Report of the Proceedings of the Board of Trade, The Mercantile Association, and the Business Men of Chicago, at a Meeting Held at Metropolitan Hall on the Evening of February 24, 1863. Chicago, Chicago Board of Trade.

The Necessity of a Ship-Canal between the East and West. Report of the Proceedings of the Board of Trade, The Mercantile Association, and the Business Men of Chicago, at a Meeting Held at Metropolitan Hall on the Evening of February 24, 1863.

Chicago: Tribune Company’s Book and Job Printing Office, 1863. First edition. Original printed wrappers, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, 30 pages. Wrappers a little soiled and worn; in very good condition. Item #18533

The Board of Trade and associated men of Chicago stand against the jealous guardians of the Upper Mississippi trade to call for an easy means of shipping its grain to the European market. (The Mississippi route is dismissed in part because the “heated waters of a tropical sea, destructive to most of our articles of export, a malarious climate, shunned by every northerner for at least one-half of the year, and a detour in the voyage of over 3,000 miles in a direct line to the market of the world,—these considerations have been sufficiently powerful to divert the great flow of animal and vegetable food from the South to the West.” Ante-Fire Imprints 686; Sabin 12636.

Price: $150.00

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