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History: October 10 – On this day back in 1911 The Panama Canal Opens…

The Panama Canal was one of America’s greatest foreign achievments. Together with Mitch Radakovich and Ryan Hertlein, join us on this amazing and intriguing adventure through the construction of the waterway that would connect the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, as well as more than 100 countries around the world.

In the 1880’s and 90’s the French attempted to build the canal but failed. In 1902, under President Theodore Roosevelt, the United States purchased the French holdings in Panama for a record $40 million. Col. George Washington Goethals of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was put in charge. And the construction of the Canal proceeded with unprecedented speed. In 1913, a full year ahead of schedule and under budget by almost $23 billion, the Panama Canal was completed. The first vessel, the tugboat Gatún, tested the locks on September 16, 1913, and the Canal was officially opened on August 15, 1914.