Panama Canal is a ship track that is very important in the Americas. Because the American continent is the continent with the form extending from north to south. To the east of this continent there is the Atlantic, and in the south Pacific ocean there. To make a voyage from the side of the continent, to the other side of the continent requires a considerable distance, if it had rounded the continent via the south, in the south of the country Chile. For example, if a ship which departed from San Francisco (west coast of America) to New York (east coast of America). Ships must sail around South America with a trajectory that is as far as 22,500 km. On this basis the Panama canal was built. It is to save the distance or navigation channel was cut path. And the result is a distance of 22,500 km, eventually could be cut to 9,500 km only.
Plan the construction of a canal in the middle of the American continent is already there since the 16th century, but just can be realized on August 15, 1914. Although construction is facing a fairly severe constraints, such as malaria, Read the remainder of this entry »