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100 Years of the Panama Canal
American Magazine, by John Steele Gordon

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 8/15/2014 10:52:37 AM

On August 15, 1914, the world was fixated on the dramatic first month of World War I, as the German army raced towards Paris and the fate of Europe hung in the balance. But on that day, half a world away, a ship named the SS Ancon became the first vessel to officially transit the Panama Canal — and the canal was opened for business. It had been 401 years since Balboa had first crossed the Isthmus in 1513 and “stared at the Pacific ... Silent, upon a peak in Darien.” For most of that time, a water route across Panama

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 8/15/2014 11:21:59 AM     (No. 9967033)

My grandfather was a mule driver with the Panama Canal Commission. I grew up on the banks of the canal, but I haven´t been back there in nearly 40 years. I´d love to take a pilgramage back there to revisit my childhood.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grampy, 8/15/2014 11:27:10 AM     (No. 9967045)

No doubt one of the great success stories from the last century. Too bad it was given away...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/15/2014 11:33:37 AM     (No. 9967056)

Please consider reading the book "Path Between the Seas" by David McCullough. You won´t regret it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/15/2014 11:44:17 AM     (No. 9967067)

The Canal lost under Carter
The Middle East lost under obomba

A great track record for the rats.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 8/15/2014 11:44:39 AM     (No. 9967069)

My Mother´s (she was naturalized citizen) side of the family are all from Panama. I remember the locks from childhood and the big ships that sailed through ever so quietly. Like Italy, they also had two hours of quiet time from 1-3 that we had to adhere to, even on military base. I was terrified of the tremendous thunderstorms with lightning as they occurred. And the rain was oftentimes like a sheet of water you could see coming to envelope you. The skies were black at night and stars clearly visible. Yeah, the Panama Canal was a crown jewel of US, until Carter gave its control away wrongly now to the Chinese.

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