Thursday, January 27, 2022


The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panam√°) is a 48-mile (77.1 km) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade;  the 10 hour crossing shaving 2 weeks off a dangerous trip around the tip of South America. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake (85 feet (26 m) above sea-level). The Gatun Lake was used to reduce the amount of work required for a sea-level connection. The current locks are 110 feet (33.5 m) wide. 

What was the strategic importance militarily and economically of the Panama Canal?

How did the Panama Canal fit Roosevelt's 'Big Stick' policy? Dollar Diplomacy?

How did Roosevelt change the image or reputation of the United States?

If we could build the Panama Canal why not an Ohio to Hawaii Highway?

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