In Cronon’s, Nature’s Metropolis, in his second chapter of the book, “Rails and Water”, he talks about the development of canals and railways that helped Chicago develop as one of the most successful trade centers during the 1800s.  As peterrossi1 stated in his post that Chicago’s landscape fit the economic needs of the area.  Through the development of a canal between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River. Cronon uses accounts of the people that lived in Chicago during the time of the development of the canal and the railways to back up his statements of how the city began to flourish as farmers began to trade more of their produce in Chicago. Using first hand accounts in the second chapter of his book to explain the people that lived in Chicago during the development of the canal and railways that crossed through Chicago was very persuasive ways of convincing me as the reader that without those developments that Chicago would not have flourished as it did. The points that Cronon points out is that the creation of the railways and canals changed Chicago in a positive way and that  One argument that Cronon proposes is that Chicago’s development happened not just because of its location but because of the people that lived in Chicago. This is because many people that lived in Chicago were the ones that contributed money for the railroad by the rural communities that were to be along the railway line. After 10 railways were built that would go through Chicago, the people of Chicago were excited at the new technology that allowed them to benefit from more trade in their city.