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One of the greatest barriers to early settlement in Chatham-Kent was the swamps. Settlers couldn’t plant a potato, build cabins, or build roads on top of a bog. There was also the problem of malaria and swamp fever. The solution to this was to set up a complicated system of drainage ditches and levies to drain the water off of the land to make it habitable.



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