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It was just 210 years ago today, January 10, 1812, when the first ever steam powered river boat traveled on the Ohio and Mississippi River. For years, boats had traversed the western waters of America, but all under power of man or sail. However, daring Americans, such as steamboat pioneer Robert Fulton, wanted to expand modern travel out west. The Ohio and Mississippi Rivers are massive water ways for transporting goods and people.
On this date, the New Orleans, a small steamboat that could carry up to sixty passengers, travelled from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along the Ohio River, into the Mississippi, all the way to New Orleans. The journey began on October 20, and besides running into some Indians, a few small fires, and devastating earthquakes, one of the most severe ever recorded in North America, they did make it safely to New Orleans, and many more steamboats would soon follow, and it all began 210 years ago, today.
What was happening yesterday, on January 9th?
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