The idea of creating a water passage across the isthmus of Panama to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans dates back to at least the 1500s. Technology would not allow for an attempt until the 1880’s by France, but with the loss of over 200 frenchmen a month the attempt was abandoned until Theodore Roosevelt picked up his big stick to create an American challenge to do what others couldn’t. In this program, we will learn about Roosevelt’s Naval background, his vision of the canal and how his approach changed the way large projects are accomplished today. We will understand how the canal became one of the seven wonders of the modern world and how its building created a major change in world order.
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