Unformatted text preview: be. The canal was built, at great expense of life (estimated at 27,500 for the two attempts), between 1904 and 1914, after a failed French attempt in the 1880s. It is a major shipping route for the obvious reason that one would otherwise have to go round Cape Horn instead, an area known for strong winds. The canal's lock dimensions are a major factor in shipping design, with many ships built to "Panamax" size. However, modern ships tend to be large and the canal is now being widened. Panama is well known as a "flag of convenience" for shipping, a status going back to the Prohibition era. Panama in fiction: • The Tailor of Panama the panamanian flag...
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