Chestertown Spy: Digging Through the Delmarva to get to the Sea

From the Chestertown Spy

By Dick Cooper
For the better part of three centuries, politicians, entrepreneurs and navigators have viewed the Delmarva as an inconvenient obstacle standing in the way of wealth and progress.  When Bohemian explorer and cartographer Augustine Herman was commissioned by Lord Baltimore to map the region in the 1670s, he quickly discovered that the Eastern Shore rivers reached to within just miles of the Delaware Bay.

A canal could shave days off a sea voyage around the capes and back up into the Chesapeake. It would be almost 160 years before the first Chesapeake & Delaware Canal opened in 1829. Its success set in motion another century and a half of engineering studies and surveys to find other paths to the Atlantic.

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