Demolition, disease, and death: Building the Panama Canal - Alex Gendler

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John Horgan
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published on 04 May 2021
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Discover what it took to build the Panama Canal, and how this colossal construction project changed the region.



In the 19th century, the California gold rush brought thousands of settlers to America's west coast. But finding gold may have been easier than transporting it back east. The only hope for avoiding a grueling six month wagon journey was to travel the narrowest portion of the continent — the 48-kilometer Isthmus of Panama. Alex Gendler details the creation of the Panama Canal.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, directed by Cabong Studios.

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