The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal

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  • Ferdinand De Lesseps
  • He was an engineer who first started construction on the Panama Canal
  • "I agree to pay $40 million for the rights to build the Panama Canal"
  • Roosevelt's Offer
  • Teddy began to negotiate with Columbia for control of the land. He offered $10 million for a fifty-mile strip across the Isthmus of Panama but Columbia refused.
  • Revolt
  • "I am the chief engineer of the New Panama Canal Company and I am organizing a revolt!"
  • "We were sent here aboard the Nashville to support our government!"
  • An Accepted Deal
  • "Okay, fine. We will gladly take your offer of $10 million dollars and give you complete control of the canal zone."
  • Work Problems
  • Thousands of workers sweated in the malarial heat. They had to tear up jungles and cut down mountains. Insects thrived in muddy, stagnant pools. Mosquitoes carried yellow fever, which was a leading cause of death at the time.
  • Canal Open for Business
  • Nine years later, on August 15, 1914, the canal opened for its first freighter,called Ancon, to enter the new channel.
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