The Hudson is arguably the country's most important waterway. British and Colonial troops fought for possession of the river during the Revolution. It served as the main avenue of commerce during the 1800s. The Hudson has been called the most beautiful waterway in the nation, rivaling the Norwegian fjords. It and the associated Erie Canal made New York the great city that it is. The Hudson River Museum recounts its history. Every New Yorker should visit the museum to gain an appreciation of this natural wonder.