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By: Ylee , 10:16 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
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Since the early 16th century, man has looked for a way to cross the Isthmus of Panama in an efficient manner, in order to shave thousands of miles off the trip between Eastern Asia and the western U.S. coast on one side, and Europe and the eastern U.S. coast on the other. To travel by boat, one had to go around South America, past Cape Horn.
A railway across the isthmus in 1855 helped a little, but a canal was deemed the best way across. Starting in 1881, the French undertook the task of digging a sea level canal. But after losing 22,000 men to disease and accidents, and running out of money due to constantly redigging the canal when heavy rains caused landslides from the mountainous terrain to fill the channel back up, the French abandoned work in 1893.
In 1903, the U.S. decided to give it a go. After failing to obtain a treaty with the Colombians(who owned the land at the time), U.S. warships blocked Colombian troop movements being dispatched to quell the Panamanian rebels who were trying to gain indepndence. Panama declared independece on November 3, 1903, and within three days, the U.S. had its' treaty!
In 1904, U.S. work began. Instead of cutting a sea level canal, a dam was built to create a large passable lake, and a series of locks were used to raise and lower the boats as needed along the passage.
The work was completed in 1914, at a cost of $375 million(in 1914 dollars). Through inproved sanitation and mosquito reduction practices, U.S. deaths occuring the project were only 5,600. 200 miilion cubic yards of earth were moved during the project. Due to the orientation of the isthmus and the direction the canal, the Atlantic side is actually west of the Pacific side.
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