The Kingdom of Scotland's Darien scheme was the result of an inspired idea to found a colony on the Isthmus of Panama. Back in the late 17th century, this would have allowed goods from the Pacific to be quickly traded across the Atlantic (and vice versa), and it seemed a fortune was there for the taking. Regrettably the adventure was beset by disease, shortage of supplies, the unremitting hardships of the jungle, and the Spanish! After all, they were trying to build a trading hub right in...

The Kingdom of Scotland's Darien scheme was the result of an inspired idea to found a colony on the Isthmus of Panama. Back in the late 17th century, this would have allowed goods from the Pacific to be quickly traded across the Atlantic (and vice versa), and it seemed a fortune was there for the taking. Regrettably the adventure was beset by disease, shortage of supplies, the unremitting hardships of the jungle, and the Spanish! After all, they were trying to build a trading hub right in...

Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal with the Pacific Ocean and Puente de las Americas (Bridge of Pan-American Highway) at the left and Miraflores locks at the far-right [10557  1248]

Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal with the Pacific Ocean and Puente de las Americas (Bridge of Pan-American Highway) at the left and Miraflores locks at the far-right [10557 1248]

A steam shovel working at the Isthmus of Panama in 1906.

A steam shovel working at the Isthmus of Panama in 1906.

Spain / Battles, Knights - Vasco Núñez de Balboa (c. 1475 –  1519) was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513, becoming the first European to lead an expedition to have seen or reached the Pacific from the New World. In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan renamed the sea the Pacific Ocean because of its calm waters.

Spain / Battles, Knights - Vasco Núñez de Balboa (c. 1475 – 1519) was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513, becoming the first European to lead an expedition to have seen or reached the Pacific from the New World. In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan renamed the sea the Pacific Ocean because of its calm waters.

After a career as a diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps gained international fame as the builder of the Suez Canal. In 1879 at age 74, he became President of the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interoceanique. Though he was not an engineer, he was considered the perfect choice to lead the enormous technical enterprise of building a canal across the Isthmus of Panama.

After a career as a diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps gained international fame as the builder of the Suez Canal. In 1879 at age 74, he became President of the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interoceanique. Though he was not an engineer, he was considered the perfect choice to lead the enormous technical enterprise of building a canal across the Isthmus of Panama.

Panama City - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Where my son is on an AIM trip!

Panama City - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Where my son is on an AIM trip!

Isthmus of Panama: formed about 3 million years ago, joining South America and North America; before 7 million years ago, they were separated by an ocean, but continental drift gradually drew them together; allowed mammals to spread into new territory to compete wit new species

Isthmus of Panama: formed about 3 million years ago, joining South America and North America; before 7 million years ago, they were separated by an ocean, but continental drift gradually drew them together; allowed mammals to spread into new territory to compete wit new species

Columbus, in his fourth and last voyage in 1502, sailed the coast of the Isthmus of Panama in search of the “narrow place between two seas” that Native Americans had described to him. He imagined a hidden strait that, of course, he failed to find.

Columbus, in his fourth and last voyage in 1502, sailed the coast of the Isthmus of Panama in search of the “narrow place between two seas” that Native Americans had described to him. He imagined a hidden strait that, of course, he failed to find.

The Isthmus of Panama - Land Bridge Linking Americas Rose Earlier Than Thought

Land Bridge Linking Americas Rose Earlier Than Thought

The Isthmus of Panama - Land Bridge Linking Americas Rose Earlier Than Thought

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