Panama and its affect on America
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The Panama Canal today is of great significance to the U.S. The Panama Canal took over 100 years to complete being first attempted by the French and then the U.s after we bought it from the French. The Panama Canal became a great way for people to trade between South American and North America. People began to use it to import and export new things that many countries wanted but couldn’t get because it took to long to get it. It also made it easier to travel between countries as before the Canal was built you had to travel all the way around the country to get to where you wanted to go instead of going straight through with the Canal. The Canal is one of the U.S’s greatest engineering feats as it used very modern technology that no one had ever used before. Hygiene was also helped as people who worked at the Canal saw the diseases and worked on ways to make people safer have healthier lives and help them get healthier quicker if they got sick. Many people worked on this Canal but not very many people are remembered for it. The really famous people remembered are several Colonels employed by Teddy Roosevelt to help the Canal Project along and the President himself. If I’m honest I would rather remember the workers that worked on the Canal themselves as they are really unsung heroes who may be seen in a picture or two but their names are never remembered.

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Panama Canal Today Website 2: Central America: Panama Canal

This article is showing how the Canal helpes many countries economies. The Canal is a way for countries to export and import goods from countries that they may not have traded with if the Canal was not there. It is a way for goods to travel quickly and efficently to different countries without a risk of it getting bad before getting there. It is also a great tourist destination as many  people love to see a bit of U.S history.

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Primary Website 3: Completion of the Panama Canal, 1914

In this article it talks about how the Panama Canal gives people great pride to be in the U.S. It shows how America strived to become the first to build a great canal journey. It seems to me that the U.S is always trying to become a bigger and better place. You must remember though that with expansion and adventures to not forget the people that helped you get there.

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Primary Website 1: The Panama Canal - U.S. Interests

The U.S has always been interested in ways of making itself bigger and better. The Panama Canal was a way to travel quickly and easily across the U.S without having to go all the way around. Many people wanted it including the French and English. I feel that because the U.S wanted it more they worked harder to work with the natives who lived where they wanted to build the government itself and the people working on the Canal to try and make it work so that it could benefit everyone in that situation.

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Primary Document 3: Isthmian Canal Commission

The isthmian canal commission was created by Teddy Roosevelt as a way to keep track of what was going on while the Panama Canal was being built. It was originally made up of 7 members but was reduced to 3 as several had left later on. I find that it was a good thing while it lasted becasue it was a way to keep things organized like bills on the workers and how much it costs to dig out this area of land. Many say it was a bureoucratic way for the president to get an "inside" look in the Panama Canal. Well i believe that it was something that benefited everyone in the project while it was around.

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The Panama Canal is a way for several different countries to interact. The countries that use the Canal never would have traded with each other without the Canal as before it was built you had to travel all the way around the U.S just to get somewhere and that took weeks if not months to complete. On the Canal it took only an astounding 8-10 hours to get from one port to another. The Panama Canal not only revolutionized water travel it made it a much needed and wanted way to ship things to other countries. It is also a great way for people to see a bit of the U.S that people may not normally see as the Canal also offers tourist rides down it. People can see where and learn when and how the people did what they did while building the Canal while having a beautiful view. The Canal helped many people and is still being used today as a travel route, tourist route, shipping route and even an environmental study sight as scientist are using the Canal to learn the positive and negative affects that the Canal has on the surrounding area and how we can prevent bad things from happening to the Canal and the surrounding area.

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Vocab for Panama and its affect on America

Article One Panama Canal Today

Disrupted- interrupt by causing a disturbance or problem.

Revenue- income of a company or organization and of a substantial nature.

Exports- to send goods or services to another country for sale.

Imports-bring goods or services into a country from abroad for sale.

Article Two Information on the Panama Canal

Plagued- cause continual trouble or distress

Article Three Completion of the Panama Canal

Undertaking- formal pledge or promise to do something.

Prestige- widespread respect and admiration felt for someone or something on the basis of a perception of their achievements or quality.

Intermittently- occurring at irregular intervals not continuous or steady.

Entitled- give a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something.

Syndicate- group of individuals or organizations combined to promote some common interest. The loud children disrupted the baby’s nap.

The business owner had revenue he was pleased with.

The farmer exports his fruits to other states to get fruits he wants.

The county imported new food for the citizens to eat.

The countryside was plagued with a horrible food shortage.

The teacher had an undertaking to do as she walked into the rowdy classroom.

Winning the Nobel Peace Prize gives you a prestigious title.

The race horse intermittently won races for his owners.

The rich man felt entitled to the nice house and cars.

The company syndicated with their partner to become a bigger establishment.

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Panama Canal Today Website 1: Information on the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal may have once been a way to trade between countries but it is now a well used way to travel to different countries. The Panama Canal may have been built to make it easier to trade but it is now used as a tourist destination to see sites of history you may not normally see. It seems to me that while it is a great piece of history that it is no longer used in the way it was designed. Despite it being a tourist destinatio the Panama Canal still recieves many people to see it wether it be to see the sites or learn a little about the history of the U.S.

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Primary Website 2: 1890-1903 - Panama Canal

This article is talking about how the Canal affected many U.S relationships. Many people wanted to use this Canal but not very many people attempted it besides the U.S. In fact the only known records of any one else attempting it are of the French and The Spanish long before the U.S got involved. The Canal helped shape the U.S into what it is today. A superpower in the world that is nto afraid to take chances on a daring project.

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Primary Document 2: Teddy Roosevelt Speech

This speech to the workers of the Canal is showing us a side of Teddy Roosevelt that makes the workers proud to be there. He encourages them to do the best they can as he is proud of what they have accomplished for the U.S and is proud to be there among them. He show them that while he is the President he is not afraid to come down there to show his support for the daring project.

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Primary Document 1: political cartoon

Primary Document 1: political cartoon | Panama and its affect on America | Scoop.it

This is a political cartoon showing Teddy Roosevelt coming to build the Panama Canal along with the U.S.

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