Today in History: Construction on the Panama Canal begins

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Construction actually began on the Panama Canal in the 1880s, under the guidance of a French construction team.  In those days, Panama was still a part of Colombia.  After The War of a Thousand Days between the Liberals and Conservatives of Colombia, Panama, with assistance from the United States, emerged as an independent nation.

In exchange for US support for their independence, Panama signed the Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty, which granted the United States sovereign rights over the interoceanic canal that would be built over the following decade.

Construction began on May 4, 1904.



  1. Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) May 5, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    I read up about the history of the Panama Canal because I found it intriguing. Ferdinand de Lesseps led the project. He was also the builder of the Suez Canal in Egypt. Awesome stuff!

    1. Kim May 5, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      I had forgotten the Suez connection. Thanks! It is quite a marvel of construction.

      1. Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) May 6, 2018 at 2:52 pm

        It definitely is!

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