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Photos from the Panama Canal

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Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal
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These photos were taken by Joseph H. Krause during the construction of the canal and I've included excerpts on the history of the canal from the official brochure of The Panama Canal Commission:

Among the great peaceful endeavors of mankind that have contributed significantly to progress in the world, the construction of the Canal stands as an awe-inspiring achievement.

The unparalleled engineering triumph was made possible by an international work force under the leadership of American visionaries, that made the centuries-old dream of uniting the two great oceans a reality.
 

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Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal
Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal
Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal

 
In 1534, Charles I of Spain ordered the first survey of a proposed canal route through the Isthmus of Panama. More than three centuries passed before the first construction was started. The French labored 20 years, beginning in 1880, but disease and financial problems defeated them. More than 22,000 brave men, women and children lay in many cemeteries around the canal path.

 In 1903, Panama and the United States signed a treaty by which the United States undertook to construct an inter-oceanic ship canal across the Isthmus of Panama. The following year, the United States purchased from the French Canal Company its rights and properties for $40 million and began construction. The monumental project was completed in ten years at a cost of about $387 million. Since 1903 the United States has invested about $3 billion in the Canal enterprise, approximately two-thirds of which has been recovered.
 

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