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The need for the Panama Canal

In the mid 19th century, the rush of settlers to California and Oregon created an initial incentive to build an artificial waterway across the Isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French entrepreneur who completed the Su...

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Panama was originally part of Colombia. But by the turn of the century, the United States wanted the sole possession of the isthmian canal to move warships and commerce between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

In 1902, the U.S. Congress authorised the purchase of the French canal company. T...

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In 1906, American engineers decided to construct a lock canal and used the next three years developing construction facilities and dealing with tropical diseases in the area.

Construction of the 40-mile-long canal began in 1909, one of the largest construction projects of all time. ...

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