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Why did america want to build a canal across panama?

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Asked at 2011.03.14 00:56:59

answer Matt  Answered at 2011.03.14 00:56:59
It's cheaper, safer, and faster than sailing around the tip of South America. Panama is the narrowest place, so it required the least digging. It made sense to put it there.

Plus, from a military perspective, you really only need one fleet, rather than two (one for the Pacific and one for the Atlantic).
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