Where Are The Canals?

Why do the French have canals?

The French system of canals was built for transportation. The Burgundy Canal connects Paris to the Mediterranean. This was a superb idea in the late 1600s when construction was started. But the canal system wasn't completed until the early 1800s, which unfortunately coincided with the advent of Europe's new railroads. The railroads put them out of business. These barges used to be pulled by horses and Spanish prisoners. Today they are used mostly by French people on holiday.