Panama Canal Tour
Panama Canal Full Transit
Panama Canal Partial Transit
Who completed the construction of the Panama Canal?
Colonel George W. Goethals has been credited with completing the construction of the Panama Canal. Goethals replaced John F. Stevens in April 1907.
How many people died during the French and U.S. construction of the Panama Canal?
According to hospital records, 5,609 died of diseases and accidents during the U.S. construction period. Of these, 4,500 were West Indian workers. A total of 350 white Americans died. The actual worker death toll during the French construction period will never be known, as the French would only record deaths at the hospitals, which were a small percentage of the total. According to a report by Dr. Gorgas, it is possible that some 22,000 workers died during the French construction period.
There were 4 major obstacles to the construction of a canal through Panama:
- A very complex mountain chain formation;
- The difficulties posed by the tropical jungle, with its annual average rainfall of 105 inches, and an average temperature of 80 degrees;
- The tendency of rivers to overflow; and
- The most mortal of all, malaria and yellow fever diseases, which were endemic in the area
When did the French begin construction?
On January 10, 1880, Count Ferdinand de Lesseps began the excavation work of the Canal with a blast at Culebra.