Panama Canal and Miraflores Lock: Visiting the Panama Canal

Posted by strive4impact on Feb. 08, 2010 of my lifes goals of places to see has always been the Panama Canal.This happened last week when Carrie and I went and watched ships going through the Miraflores lock.What you are about to see is 1 hour and 15 minutes of video, condensed into about 2 minutes.While youre watching, Im going to share some interesting facts about the Panama Canal.When it was first built, about 1,000 ships would go through the canal every year.But, over 14,000 ships went through the canal in 2008 alone!We almost had the Nicaragua Canal too!According to a book called Overthrow, in 1898 the head of a group that owned lots of land in Panama hired a US Attorney to lobby the US Congress to build a canal across Panama, and not across Nicaragua.In 1902, Cromwell noticed a 10-cent Nicaraguan postal stamp, produced by the United States’ American Bank Note Company, which erroneously depicted a fuming Momotombo volcano. Momotombo is in ...

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