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Panama Canal Essay The Panama Canal was one of the greatest triumphs and tragedies of the late 19th and early 20th centuriesThe tragedy was that of the French they were just simply too far ahead of technology at that time to complete or even get farther than the very beginning of the Panama Canal The Americans took over the project after President Theodore Roosevelts pushing of the Panamanian Revolution After the Revolution the Americans took control of the canal and continued the building of the canal The French attempt at the Panama Canal was started by the famous French engineer Ferdanand who built the one hundred fifty-mile Suez Canal through the sands of Egypt The French began the Panama Canal with next to no technological advances They relied on the manpower and nationalistic pride of the French people Ferdinand wanted to design and build the canal the same way he had designed and built the Suez Canal All the workers on the site including Ferdanand believed that science would find a way to solve any problems that arise with the building of the canal The French had no knowledge of the reasons of disease or of the malaria and yellow fever carrying mosquitoes of Panama They had installed a hospital staffed by twenty-four nurses two of whom survived A makeshift town and houses During the building the French people had volunteered for work in Panama After the fiasco Panama was an unmentionable word in France it meant to spend money needlessly and to kill needlessly just for nationalistic pride France continued work in Panama for ten years in the end they had lost twenty thousand people and a few million in lost equipment and workers wages The Panama Canal was a way for the American government to make money and provide a faster route to the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic Ocean for the American Naval Fleet President Roosevelt was convinced
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