Canal across a Continent W. Storrs Lee

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Canal across a Continent  by  W. Storrs Lee

Canal across a Continent by W. Storrs Lee
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Half a century ago the fifty-mile Panama Canal was considered to be one of the wonders of the age. Long since then it has been dwarfed by other miracles of engineering. We now take its existence for granted, though it saves six thousand miles on aMoreHalf a century ago the fifty-mile Panama Canal was considered to be one of the wonders of the age.

Long since then it has been dwarfed by other miracles of engineering. We now take its existence for granted, though it saves six thousand miles on a voyage from Liverpool to Vancouver, and by 1964 more than 250,000 ships will have passed through the locks.The idea of a canal linking the Atlantic with the Pacific dates back to 1529. But it took some three and a half centuries before the dream became a fact. And many, many times during construction, the men in charge of the operation must have doubted whether the Canal would ever be finished.Ferdinand de Lesseps, of Suez Canal fame, gave up the struggle, and it was only as a result of the clever intrigues of Bunau-Varilla, another French engineer, that America obtained a treaty enabling them to purchase the Canal site for $40,000,000.For ten years, men, machines, and money were thrown into the heart-breaking work of cutting the passage through snake-infested, fever-ridden jungle.

Thousands worked to create the Canal. The dramatic and exciting story of their work is here told in fascinating detail.



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