If I was a travel agent I would suggest the Mississippi River as a good alternative spot for creating and empire. I chose this region because the river spans from the Gulf of Mexico up to Minnesota. Cutting through several states this river would provide a major boost in trade and travel through the middle part of the United States. The land down by the southern region of the river is fertile due to its warm temperature and good soil. On the other hand the ability to go up north can provide an empire with diversity since the natural resources vary depending on how far up the river you travel. This massive river is an ideal place to create and develope a productive empire.