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Panama Canal A Research Paper submitted to the Social Science Department of Georgia Perimeter College Dunwoody Campus In partial fulfillment of the requirements for History 2112 - 204 December 2, 2009 Juan D. Torres Mr. Mario A.J. Bennekin, Assistant Professor
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Outline I. Introduction II. Early Plans III. Panamanian Land IV. French Canal V. United States Intervention VI. Conclusion VII. Bibliography
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When thinking of the Panama Canal, most people think of the magnificent engineering worked performed, the gates that lift and lower ships to cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and back. However, the history of the canal is far more complex and had big historic implications to the United States and other countries, such as Panama, France or Colombia. In 1513, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa discovered a narrow strip of land that separated the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This discovery pushed Charles I of Spain to initiate a movement to build a passage through the isthmus that will unite the two oceans. After surveying the land, it was determined that building such canal was an impossible task. Later on at the end of the 19 th century, the United States (U.S.) expanded it land to California. The idea of having a canal grew due to the necessity of transporting goods other than by land. Expeditions were ordered by U.S. authorities and the surveys determined that the best place to build the canal would be through Nicaragua, not Panama. The U.S. later followed closely the construction of the canal of Panama by the French, and started following their ever increasing problems as well. Again, the U.S. conducted several surveying studies to determine the best place to build the canal, either in Panama or Nicaragua.
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Panama had its own challenges. The canal was planned and later built in the middle of a tropical jungle 80˚F in temperature average. Its dense vegetation made it extremely hard for people and machinery. The jungle had a huge problem,
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