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Panama Canal, Building of

  • By: Ovidio Diaz Espino
  • In: Encyclopedia of Leadership
  • Edited by: George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson & James MacGregor Burns
  • Subject:Leadership

For four hundred years, European nations that wanted faster access to the land and riches of the Pacific Ocean dreamed of building a passage through Central America to unite the two great oceans. As early as 1529, Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortés ...

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