The year was 1828; it was June 20th on a warm and muggy day in central New York. Through it ran the Erie Canal, a hard and relentless effort that took nearly 57 years to accomplish. It ran through dense forests with its peaceful towpath on the side for donkeys and mules. With boats traveling around 55 miles per hour across the state of New York toward the great lakes to make shipments of goods much easier and not so tax heavy during the time. But it is lesser known of the stories that occurred around the Erie Canal, though it was a great path for shipments of goods but it brought upon a new chapter in American History.
It was on that day of June 20th that a black boat moved in the Canal, it was being pulled by two very large black mules. This boat was not any ordinary boat, but seemed to be that of the sea then of any canal or river. Amongst the boat was only one man; he himself was a twinkle of a star in the