The building of the Panama Canal took 34 years fromthe initial effort in 1880 to actually opening the canalin 1914. The building of the canal is considered one ofthe greatest engineering feats in history.
To sail from Atlantic toPacific, ships navigatedaround Cape Horn, thetreacherous southernextremity of South America.A New York to San Franciscojourney measured some13,000 miles and tookmonths.
Describe two reasons why the President Rooseveltwanted to build a canal through Panama?American builders faced difficult problems thatthreatened to derail the project such as tropical diseaseslike Malaria and Yellow Fever.
Using the first stepof the AHPPAdescribe the problemthat the politicalcartoon is showing?What are threeconsequences fromthe problem shownin the politicalcartoon?
Using the second stepof the AHPPA , gatherevidence to supporthow tropical diseaseswere a problem duringthe construction of thePanama Canal?List three ways youthink would helpcombat these tropicaldiseases?
Dr. William Gorgas, was hired to eradicateyellow fever , like he had in Havana yearsbefore. He was able to accomplish his goalby killing the mosquitoes that carried thediseases. Workers:1. Drained swamps, swept drainage ditches, paved roads and installed plumbing.2. Sprayed pesticides by the ton.3. Entire towns rose from the jungle, complete with housing, schools, churches, commissaries, and social halls.
It is estimated that over 80,000 persons took part in the construction and that over 30,000 lives were lost in both French and American efforts.U.S President Theodore RooseveltVisiting the canal construction site.
1909 Lock ConstructionThe American expenditures from 1904 to 1914 totaled$352,000,000, far more than the cost of anything builtby the United States Government up to that time. Intoday’s money it would cost $7,448,028,707.72
At the Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side, workers pouredenough concrete to build a wall 8 wide, 12 high, and 133miles long. They built culverts the size of railroad tunnelsto channel water from Gatun Lake into the locks.
By August 15, 1914 the Panama Canalwas officially opened by the passing ofthe SS Ancon.
Map of the Panama CanalFigure 3: A map showing the route ofthe completed canal. A series of "locks"are used to control the water levelwithin the canal.
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