First Ship Cruises Through the Panama Canal

With the roaring of rushing waters through expertly engineered locks, the first ship cruised through the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914.  The construction of a waterway to link the world’s greatest oceans had been considered by the Spanish, attempted by the French, and finally completed by the Americans.  The building of the canal was one of the world’s greatest engineering feats, and rocked international travel, economics and trade.  The history of the canal is a turbulent story of revolution, medical breakthroughs, massive labor movements, and staggering feats of engineering and determination.  Unfortunately, World War I broke out shortly before the canal’s opening, overshadowing this achievement in its contemporary times.

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