American Experience

The Panama Canal

Season 23, Ep 6, Aired 1/24/11
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  • Episode Description
  • The Atlantic and Pacific oceans are finally connected after one of the most arduous engineering struggles of all.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Stephen Ives

  • Michelle Ferrari

  • Amanda Pollack

  • Michael Murphy

    Narrator

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Mathew Parker (author): (on Roosevelt's impatience) Roosevelt wanted action so, of course, Wallace (the first of three U.S. engineers assigned to the project) had to start digging as soon as he got there.

    Trivia (1)

    • Both the French and the first American efforts were aimed at building a sea level canal, with no locks whatsoever. This plan was finally scrapped after years of wasted labor.

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