The Panama Canal was first developed following the failure of a French construction team in the 1880s when the United States commenced its ambitious endeavor to build the canal. This colossal infrastructure project was overseen by none other than President Theodore Roosevelt, who played a pivotal role in its successful completion.
In 1513, the Spanish maritime explorer, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, crossed the Isthmus of Panama and saw the Pacific Ocean. This discovery sparked the idea of constructing a canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, a venture that would drastically reduce travel times and transform global trade.
It was unexpected, bold, and shattered tradition when Teddy Roosevelt left Washington and traveled to Panama in November 1906. His visit demonstrated the United States' commitment to ensuring the canal's completion and solidified its influence in the region.