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Panama Canal

One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the canal had an enormous impact on shipping between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America.

The concept of a canal near Panama dates to the early 16th century. The first attempt to construct a canal began in 1880 under French leadership, but was abandoned after 21,900 workers died, largely from disease (particularly malaria and yellow fever) and landslides. The United States launched a second effort, incurring a further 5,600 deaths but succeeding in opening the canal in 1914.

More information here, and an excellent blog article on it can be found here –  thesilverpeopleheritage.wordpress.com

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2 Responses to “Panama Canal”


  1. February 19, 2010 at 12:32 am

    This post really puts the images into context. Extraordinary to think that all together over 27,000 people died for the canal.


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