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Saratoga! Fiddlesticks!

Rebecca Cawood McIntyre

in Souvenirs of the Old South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036953
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038667 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036953.003.0002
Saratoga! Fiddlesticks!

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The images of the United States claimed by southerners began in the North, specifically in travel guides to upstate New York. Although tourists could be found both in the North and the South after the War of 1812, New York has the best claim to being the first developed tourist region because it had the necessary requirements for modern tourism. First, New York had natural attractions, such as Niagara Falls, and fine resorts, such as Saratoga Springs. New York also had the best transportation network in the antebellum era. By the 1830s, this travel infrastructure included turnpikes, regular steamers up the Hudson, established railroad routes, and the 350-mile-long Erie Canal. Travel was not only faster than in the South but offered a level of comfort the South could not match. Finally, tourism was greatly aided by the large population of potential tourists living in New York City who were in comfortable reach of worthy attractions.

Keywords: United States; New York; North; South; tourism; Niagara Falls; Saratoga Springs; transportation; Erie Canal

Chapter.  10717 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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