Demolition, disease, and death: Building the Panama Canal – Alex Gendler

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Discover what it took to build the Panama Canal, and how this colossal construction project changed the region.

In the 19th century, the California gold rush brought thousands of settlers to America’s west coast. But finding gold may have been easier than transporting it back east. The only hope for avoiding a grueling six month wagon journey was to travel the narrowest portion of the continent — the 48-kilometer Isthmus of Panama. Alex Gendler details the creation of the Panama Canal.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, directed by Cabong Studios.

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25 thoughts on “Demolition, disease, and death: Building the Panama Canal – Alex Gendler”

  1. just a few tidbits… Charles V is credited with the first idea of constructing an American Isthmus canal in Panama as early as 1520.  Bunau-Varilla (who signed the original treaty) was long resented by Panamanians for the betrayed trust put in him by the new Panamanian authorities.

  2. Hundred years later, and we Colombians are still pissed off about it! Mi Madré, still believes that Panama was STOLEN! Also, apparently I have been told as well that Panamanian are considered in the eyes of Colombians to be TRAITORS! For Panamanians, they still refer to themselves as South Americans because at one point in time they were a part of The South America Continent, so even though today they are a part The North American Continent and Sub Continent of Central America, in their eyes they are and always will be South American! I've also been told that Panamanians consistently worry about the day that they may rejoin the country of Colombia! Which, would make a lot of Colombians very happy, me on the other hand, I just want acknowledgement and recognition of the United States involvement in the creation of canal and terrible things that they did to Panamanians and Colombians after the fact! Thats it, don't care about anything else.

  3. Love the subtle American propaganda. US stages a coup for its own economic interests and keeps Panama until 1999 and it's still painted in a neutral light. /s

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