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Cities near water drive economies all around

Ever wonder how cities like London, Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadephia, Trenton, Norfolk Va and other like them became the economic drivers of their regional economies?

It started this way …

In early America, Puritans from Boston England arrived on North American shores and established a colony which grew into a community, then a city.

On the [geography.howstuffworks.com] web site they say original settlements grew into cities built as trading centers or as forts to defend strategic locations.

For this reason, most major cities are on rivers or harbors, or at the junction of important overland routes. They have developed strong military forces  which   added to their territory wealth and importance by conquest.

Then settlements often became large and prosperous through commerce.

Some, such as Athens, became centers of culture. Does the United States have a center of culture or is it under the center of culture, aka, the Internet?

A huge city of today is the creation of the Industrial Revolution. Factories need communities and people, transportation lanes, materials and sources of power.

Water makes power. Politics is the control of a limited amount of resources.

Chew on that a bit, there’s more to this story.

Cities near water are economic drivers all around.