Panama Canal

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Panama Canal. Ferdinand de Lesseps turned a deaf ear to those who offered him good advice. But his determination proved to be no match for the floods, subsidence, deadly insects and disease. The steampower of the day was not up to the task of cutting through the Culebra Divide, and neither were the 20,000 valiant workers. The inset shows the horror of yellow fever which killed with terrifying speed. Original artwork for illustration on p7 of Look and Learn issue no 932 (1 December 1979).

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