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Baum Site 9: On the Continental Road [While Driving]

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In 1777, the frontier 100 miles north of Albany was only crossed in five places by wagon roads, which limited Baum's choice of route. The Continental Road had been built the previous year by the American Rebels, and was probably typical eighteenth century road construction. They avoided the wet lowlands as well as steep slopes and cut the trees, but probably left many stumps and large rocks -- similar to what we would consider today as a wide hiking trail. The condition of the road was always rutted and variable, in inclement weather the roads nearly impassable. Baum and his troops proceeded along the Continental Road the morning of August 13th.

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