What Is the Panama Canal?

By Janet B. Pascal

What is the Panama Canal?

This famous shortcut connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

The canal is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World

It was considered one of the greatest-and most dangerous-engineering projects ever


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Before 1914, traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast meant going by land across the entire United States. To go by sea involved a long journey around South America and north along the Pacific Coast. But then, in a dangerous and amazing feat of engineering, a 48-mile-long channel was dug through Panama, creating the world’s most famous shortcut: the Panama Canal!

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