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Vocabulary

1. Canal- An artificial waterway constructed to allow the passage of boats or ships inland or to convey water for irrigation.

 

The Panama Canal was a way to make a passage for ships/boats through Central America.

 

2. Expansion- the action of becoming larger or more extensive.

 

U.S. expansion has been going on throughout our history.

 

3. Tonnage- weight in tons, esp. cargo or freight.

 

The Panama Canal has reached a new tonnage.

 

4. Fiscal- of or relating to goverment revenue, esp. taxes.

 

Panama Canal closed fiscal year 2012 with 333.7 million Panama Canal tons.

 

5. Infrastructure- The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.

 

The Panama Canal was an infrastructure to shorten time and travel from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean. 

 

6. Isthmus- A narrow strip of land with sea on either side, forming a link between two larger areas of land

 

Panama Isthmus was a great solution for the Canal.

 

7. Panamax- Denoting a ship having the maximum permissible dimensions (length, breadth, and draft) for transiting the Panama Canal, with a dead-weight capacity of about 75,000 tons.

 

Ships classified as "Panamax" are the biggest that can go through the canal.

 

8. Expedite- Make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly.

 

The bridge will expedite over the Canal.

 

9. Encompass- Include comprehensively

 

It encompasses the history and construction of the canal.

 

10. Maintenance- The process of keeping something in good condition

 

The President wanted an overview of maintenance for the canal. 

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News Today 2: New Bridge on Atlantic side - PanCanal.com

News Today 2: New Bridge on Atlantic side - PanCanal.com | Panama Canal Project | Scoop.it

Vinci Construction Grands Projets is the contractor to build a bridge on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. This concrete bridge will be a cross over for the neighboring communites to travel over the canal. It will have two lanes of traffic in each direction.

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Website 2: Canal History - PanCanal.com

Website 2: Canal History - PanCanal.com | Panama Canal Project | Scoop.it

PanCanal.com gives many options to look at for the Canal. It gives links to the history, the adminstrators/leaders, the transition, and the building of this event.  

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Website 1: Panama Canal

Website 1: Panama Canal | Panama Canal Project | Scoop.it

This article tells about the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914. The Canal saved around 8000 miles from a journey around South America.

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Primary Source 1: Panama Canal History Documents and Prints - 1880 Canal Interoceanique de Panama Shares of 500 Francs

Primary Source 1: Panama Canal History Documents and Prints - 1880 Canal Interoceanique de Panama Shares of 500 Francs | Panama Canal Project | Scoop.it

The French Company was in charge of the canal before the U.S. intervened and decided to expand the project. 

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Imperialism: Panama Canal

The U.S. and other powering nations were looking for ways to expand and get more active in the world. The United States wanted to go beyond without getting involved with alliances, or at least did not intend to. There were many events throughout the 19th century leading into the 20th that were viewed as a building point for the U.S. (some opposed to more than others). Some of these events were considered not a necessity for the country, while others did great for it. The Panama Canal was a successful period in time for the United States. What was first going to be constructed through Colombia was changed to the Isthmus of Panama. The need for the Canal was high because of the length and time it took to get from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. What the French started was completed by the United States. The construction of the canal took place in 1904 and was completed during 1914. Theodore Roosevelt guided the canal and had many engineers look after the conditions and completion of it. Though it was a success, it was not an easy task to perform for the workers. Workers had to use machinery and hand labor to dig the massive canal. Some were killed during this operation. In order to complete the canal, they had to dig through the Chagres River, which was a long and dangerous task for the workers and equipment. After the completion of the canal, it became a success for global trade.

 

The Panama Canal, however, is still under construction today. In 2007 the U.S. decided to expand the canal to allow ships bigger the size of “panamax” to pass through to increase the amount of trade and goods coming. What was significant at first is becoming even grander. The Panama Canal has saved more than 8,000 miles of travel around the Southern tip of South America on up. With the new expansion the bigger ships will use less time to travel, and more time on importing goods. This was a great expanding project for the U.S. then and now. Though there were some imperialistic problems throughout this time period, I believe the Panama Canal was a great success for not only the U.S., but also its neighboring countries and other continental countries. The U.S. should expand for the sake of everyone in the global economy, and make sure it is fair for the third world countries. Based on my topic, I believe the U.S. should only interfere in the conflicts of other nations to help, not to seize power over other countries. They should have freedom and Independence, as does our country to create equal fairness.

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News Today 1: New Record! PanCanal.com

News Today 1: New Record! PanCanal.com | Panama Canal Project | Scoop.it

The Panama Canal has set a new record tonnage of 333.7 tons. The canal has become a significant link in the global trade. 

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Website 4: WGBH American Experience: Theodore Roosevelt and the Panama Canal

Website 4: WGBH American Experience: Theodore Roosevelt and the Panama Canal | Panama Canal Project | Scoop.it

The canal was wanted all by the Europeans, and the U.S. to open expansion and to create less travel time. This article explains the want of the canal, and how the blueprint of it was being created in real time. It also tells who started the project and how it transitioned. 

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Website 3: The Panama Canal

Website 3: The Panama Canal | Panama Canal Project | Scoop.it

This website contains history, construction, and the bibliography of the Panama Canal. It gives information from 1529 when the Spain was considering the construction, up until is was constructed and finished by the U.S.

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Primary Source 3: President Jimmy Carter's speech upon signing the Panama Canal treaty, September 7, 1977

President Jimmy Carter's speech on the treaty of the Panama Canal is a appreciation to the business and of the uniting nations of the U.S. and Panama. He gives gratitude to the people working together to unite the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. This is a big stepping stone in U.S. expansion and will surely help the shipping process. The purpose of the Panama Canal was to make a shorter route from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and with this treaty we're on the path to success. I believe we will have faster transportation due to this event in time.

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Primary Source 2: Theodore Roosevelt's Letter to John Ripley Freeman Regarding the Panama Canal, 1908

Primary Source 2: Theodore Roosevelt's Letter to John Ripley Freeman Regarding the Panama Canal, 1908 | Panama Canal Project | Scoop.it

This letter from President Roosevelt to John Freeman, was a request for him to join the team of engineers Roosevelt had gathered to oversee the conditions of the Canal in process. Roosevelt wanted to know the status at that time of the canal to see if there was a needed change in the plan. Freeman and six other highly appointed engineers were requested to go. The President wanted to make sure that the quality and the performance was safe and being well constructed. This was important to make sure things would go smoothly in the creation of the canal.

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