- May 2014
That makes sense.I'm talking about heavy industry. The Great Lakes provided the transport to move ore from the iron ranges of Minnesota to the factories on the lower lakes as well as the coal from PA and West Virginia. The eastern cities were not geographically situated nor disposed to want heavy industry. They were business, finance and trade centers. New York became the largest US city in the 1820s and remains so. The main "smoke stack" industries in that area are in New Jersey (where they should be).
BTW, what are smoke stack industries?