Why was the Cumberland Road so important in transportation?
The Cumberland Road was the main route for Northwest Territory which helped settlers for transportation to settlements in the west. The road also helped with the transportation in the Potomac and Ohio Rivers. With the help of the transportation, the Cumberland Road earned the title of "the road that built the nation."
How did the federal government build the road?
Well, the federal government built the road with the signing of Thomas Jefferson of an act. With the act, the federal government started to build the road within 1811 with 10 miles. A couple years later, 1818, the road stopped at Wheeling, Virginia. With the road stopping at Wheeling, Virginia the popularity struck in 1825. The federal government continued with the road and the road stopped at Vandalia.
How come the road was not finished with the hands of the federal government?Did the states finish the road?
In 1840, Congress voted to not finish the road because the railroads were better transportation and there were road less travel. The road was given to the states to finish. The states used it as a highway and took control of Cumberland to Wheeling. After 1840, the states did finish the remains of parts connecting to Vandalia.