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Greetings from Panama.

Greetings from Panama.

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Handstand Wednesday

Nedelka Prescod at Danilo’s Jazz Club on August 16, 2014

Photos by Marc Belanger

Panama 

Starting today, it’s been 100 years of ships short-cutting their way through Panama’s canal. This little film, in addition to having some ham-fisted reminders of colonialism and cheese peppered in, has some remarkable early documentary footage of the canal’s construction. It’s a ditch that changed the Western world. And in case you’ve ever wanted to know how much explosive material it takes to “bow to American genius and engineering,” it’s exactly 25 million pounds of dynamite.   

Map of the Isthmus of Panama Showing the Proposed Interoceanic Ship Canal 1875
Records of the Hydrographic Office, 1754 - 1973
National Archives Identifier: 6860541 Map of the Panama Canal Zone
8/1/1920
Records of the Panama Canal
National Archives Identifier: 6861830

The Panama Canal - Before and After:

The first map shows a proposed route for the canal, created during a 1875 U.S. Surveying Expedition. The second shows the route of the canal and the surrounding Canal Zone circa 1920.

After years of difficult work and a loss of many lives to tropical diseases, the Panama Canal officially opened 100 years ago on August 15, 1914. Considered one of the great engineering feats of modern times, the Canal greatly reduced transit time from east coast ports to west coast ports of the United States and for European shippers as well. 

Completed 10 years after the United States controversially took control of the project and possession of the surrounding Canal Zone in 1904, the Canal was eventually relinquished to Panama in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter.

A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama