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Ohio River

Ohio River

The largest tributary of the Mississippi-Missouri, the Ohio River served as an essential link in the exploration and development of America west of the Appalachian Mountains.Formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Ohio flows 981 miles to join the Mississippi at Cairo, Illinois.It is believed that La Salle traveled down the Ohio to the vicinity of present-day Louisville around 1670. Near there, the French and their Indian allies defeated and killed General Braddock in 1755.The English took the site in 1758 and built their own Fort Pitt. For many years, the Ohio was the main artery bearing settlers into the midwest, although its dominance was impacted by the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. Another result has been flood control.


Watch the video: Mudlarking The Ohio River - GLOWING Arrowhead - Indian Artifacts - Archaeology - Arrowhead Hunting - (January 2022).