Good program for seeing and learning about Panama and the Canal.

Commercially, two-thirds of canal traffic begins or ends in the United States. The Panama Maritime Operations reports that fewer ships used the canal in 1998 (13,025) than any year since 1994, though with a 7.5 percent toll increase beginning in January 1998 the revenue was at an all-time high ($545 million). If the canal is maintained and efficiently run at reasonable prices, and free trade prospers, usage could increase substantially. As for a NAFTA type expansion in all of Latin America, President George Bush launched such a program and Clinton continued it, but with little real commitment, especially after many in Congress turned against it in the wake of the Mexican peso crisis of late 1994. It should be a high priority for the next administration.

I greatly enjoyed the Grit and Glory: Panama Canal Program

If you want an in-depth experience to learn about the Panama Canal, this is the program.
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Panama Canal Shut – Rain | Musings from the Chiefio

In 1812 a series of revolts known collectively as the Aponte Rebellion erupted across the island of Cuba, comprising one of the largest and most important slave insurrections in Caribbean history. Matt Childs provides the first in-depth analysis of the rebellion, situating it in local, colonial, imperial, and Atlantic World contexts.

Childs explains how slaves and free people of color responded to the nineteenth-century "sugar boom" in the Spanish colony by planning a rebellion against racial slavery and plantation agriculture. Striking alliances among free people of color and slaves, blacks and mulattoes, Africans and Creoles, and rural and urban populations, rebels were prompted to act by a widespread belief in rumors promising that emancipation was near. Taking further inspiration from the 1791 Haitian Revolution, rebels sought to destroy slavery in Cuba and perhaps even end Spanish rule. By comparing his findings to studies of slave insurrections in Brazil, Haiti, the British Caribbean, and the United States, Childs places the rebellion within the wider story of Atlantic World revolution and political change. The book also features a biographical table, constructed by Childs, of the more than 350 people investigated for their involvement in the rebellion, 34 of whom were executed.

Political and Economic History of Panama

Afternoon: We'll stop at the French Cemetery Monument and review the role of immigrant workers in making the Panama Canal a reality. Then, driving to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, we'll view the museum's interactive displays and see the locks at work.

Panama canal is an engineering marvel and worth seeing especially the visit is made so comfortable and interesting by Road Scholar.
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Controlling the Panama Canal - The Institute of World Politics

This program is great if you are interested in the Panama Canal. Don't expect to get a lot about Panama itself or a deep historical or ecological perspective. It focuses on the building of the canal and the canal today. Crossing by boat and returning by train is a wonderful experience. You will not be able to wander around in Panama City or Colon on your own so if you are someone who likes a lot of free time on a tour to explore new cities this is not the trip for you. For safety reasons we always remained with the group. The tour group is larger than a typical Road Scholar trip, probably because of the expense of crossing the canal and needing to fill the boat, but the leaders do a good job of dividing the group into smaller sections for many of the activities. Panama in January is fantastic and the accommodations are excellent on this trip.

near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal.

This program was outstanding. If you have ever thought about taking a cruise through the Panama Canal, do this program instead. You get "up close and personal" with the Canal, and learn about its fascinating history and construction, which you cannot do on a cruise.

A schematic of the Panama Canal, illustrating the sequence of ..

This trip will not disappoint. Anyone interested in the history of the Panama Canal should take this tour, and also anyone wanting to have a real experience of this wonderful country’s history and the diversity of its people, as well of it’s animals and birds. The guides are well versed in both areas and project genuine pride and love for their county. A wonderful educational tour with a personal touch made for a wonderful vacation.