A man stands in one of the canal locks.
The narrow isthmus which connects North America and South America was recognized early on as a promising shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
By the 19th century, technology and necessity had advanced to the point where serious consideration was given to the idea of cutting a canal across Panama.
Inspired by the 10-year build of the Suez Canal, La Société Internationale du Canal Interocéanique obtained the rights in 1878 to build a version in Panama. The Colombian government, which controlled Panama, gave permission for the project. Read more…
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