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Panama and the United States: Their Canal, Their Stormy Years

Panama and the United States: Their Canal, Their Stormy Years

by Edward F. Dolan

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The geography, history, and politics of this almost 30,000 square mile strip of land, the recognition by various nations of the unique location of Panama for an access route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, an aborted attempt by France to construct a canal in the 1880s, treaties entered into by nations about Panama but not with Panama, and finally the reality of construction of the canal (1914) with the evolving frustrations of this 20th century independent nation (1903) make a book packed with information and served up in a very appealing and readable style. Extensive source notes and well-placed and well-defined photographs and maps support the text as it concludes with 1990 and looks into the last decade of American ownership of the canal and Noriega's surrender, imprisonment, and impending trial in Florida. Social studies at its best!--Lydia Champlin, Beachwood City Schools, OH

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