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THE MAnWhOMADETHE CANAL
x Col. George Washington .Coethals, Corps of Engineers, United States Army.
Chairrhan'of the' Panama-Canal Commission.
i HISTORY OF:PANAMACANAL UP TO TODAY
First contempla'ted,androute surveyed over Isthmus of Darien by Angel
I Saavedra at about 1521-
Baron Alexander'von-Humboldt, famous German naturalist and traveler,
suggests,canal at Isthmusjof "Panama, 1803.
Spanish, driven out,lj821. , t
l ..Colombian republic becomes sovereign of Isthmus of Panama, 1831.
Panama railroad -built 1850" and' American government given certain
rights regarding transportation of trbofrs. Gold seekers to California, made
'free use of this road. . -
President U. S.- Grant in first message to congress suggests construc
"tion of an American canal byAniericanlpeople, ,1869, Congress, adopts joint