Another newbie asking an obvious homework question on Askville; this time, they wanted to know why major towns in colonial America were so often built near rivers.
It's not a well-known fact, but colonial Americans were big fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. They also had a hard time distinguishing fantasy from reality. So they all lived by big rivers and named their children Sméagol, in the hopes that one of them would discover the One Ring. That's why the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Sméagol Jefferson, and our first President was George Sméagol Washington.
Good luck! Boy, I'll bet you're going to get a great grade on your homework!