The Panama Canal, and Panama for that matter, have been at the center of our hemisphere’s commerce and transportation for well over a century. Indeed, long before the Canal was a twinkle in Ferdinand de Lessep’s eye, the Isthmus served as the key transit point for those seeking to cash in on the gold rush in California. Ships leaving Panama’s Pacific Coast were the destination for a stream of people from the East Coast and Europe. Their use of Panama as an East-West passage quickly made Panama and its new railroad a strategic location.

The Panama Canal Expansion and Energy