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The Panama Canal The Panama Canal Presentation Transcript

  • The Panama Canal
    • How do you get from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean? A Canal!!!
  • The French…
    • 1880s – French began a canal
    • After 10 years, they abandoned the project
    • 20,000 deaths
    • $280 million
  • US steps in…
    • 1901 John Hay talks w/ Columbia
    • 1903 treaty drafted
      • Columbia got $250,000 yearly & $10 million up front
      • US got 99 year lease on 6-mile strip of land
  • Columbian Senate
    • Columbian Senate holds out for better terms
    • T. Roosevelt was angry and withdrew treaty
  • Meanwhile…
    • A revolution is brewing in Panama against Columbia
    • Philippe Bunau-Varilla
  • Rebellion
    • Nov 3, 1903 rebels set up new government
    • US recognizes the government at once
  • Back to the Canal
    • Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gave US complete, unending sovereignty over a 10-mile-wide canal zone
  • Construction Timeline
    • 1904 work begins
      • Laborers face harsh conditions and shortages of workers and materials
  • 1905 –Outbreak!! Mosquitoes led to the spread of yellow fever and malaria
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  • 1906
    • Yellow Fever almost eliminated
    1913 Malaria under control
  • Construction Continues
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  • Canal Finished!
  • 1914 SS Ancon
  • How does it work?