Panama Canal construction in 1913 showing workers drilling holes for dynamite in bedrock, as they cut through the mountains of the Isthmus. Steam shovels in the background move the rubble to railroad cars.
The Panama Canal was a tremendous achievement by the U.S. and a display of their power and abilities. However, the health costs to the mostly Caribbean contract workers was enormous.
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The canal was under US control for nearly a century and was only recognised as Panamanian on New Year's Eve 1999.
A Chinese ship makes the first commercial trip through the newly expanded Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal just celebrated the opening of its new expansion, which incorporates several engineering marvels to allow it to finally support the super-sized cargo ships that dominate shipping.
There's an ever-increasing demand for more shipping routes and it's taking its toll on the planet.
Not a new idea, as this map from 1885 shows, but no less controversial.
The Nicaraguan government has granted a concession to a mysterious Chinese company owned by Jing Wang, a little-known Hong-Kong based businessman, to build an inter-oceanic canal. This would provide an…