Panama Canal

By Mason Ryan

Panama Canal Opens

August 15, 1914

Facts

-The Panama Canal is an artificial 48-mile waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.


-The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade


-Length: 48 mi

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Building the Panama Canal

Building the Panama Canal, 1903–1914. President Theodore Roosevelt oversaw the realization of a long-term United States goal—a trans-isthmian canal. Throughout the 1800s, American and British leaders and businessmen wanted to ship goods quickly and cheaply between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.