Panama was known as a death trap. It had a three out of four mortality rate of French workers.
Yellow Fever was prevalent in the area. A French hospital near the Panama Canal had plants that supplied fresh water for growth. The mosquito that created yellow fever thrived on fresh water in the tropical environment.
Rain ended up being the best thing for the canal because it provided an endless supply of water from the rainforest.
Construction sites were highly stratified and had high salaries for engineers.
50,000 people were in the workforce. African Americans received silver in payment and whites received gold.
The Economy was doing well and people were happy.
The Panama Canal takes nine hours to cross to the Pacific and there are around 2,000 ships that can fit through the canal.
For Queen Elizabeth, the toll to cross The Panama Canal was reported $99,000.
The Panama Canal is one of the busiest canals in the world and ships carry a variety of goods such as oil, food, etc. Today there are about 8,000 in the workforce, primarily Panamanian, to help with the upkeep.