The fascinating past and present of the Panama Canal
Construction on the Panama Canal officially began on this day in 1905
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It's been over 20 years since Panama gained control of the Panama Canal from the United States, a stranglehold the US had exercised since 1903. Recently expanded to allow the transit of larger ships, the canal remains one of the seven wonders of the modern world. But its construction is a story of danger, disease, tragedy, and triumph.
Browse this gallery for an illustrated history of this unique waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.
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