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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Darien ship Canal, (search)
who reported that the distance between tidal effects was only 30 miles, and the summit level only 150 feet. The governments of England, France, the United States, and New Granada joined, late in 1853, in an exploration of the best route for a canal. It was soon ascertained that the English engineer had never crossed the isthmus at all. The summit level to which he directed the expedition was 1,000 feet above tidewater, instead of 150 feet. The expedition effected nothing. In 1854 Lieut. Isaac Strain led an American expedition for the same purpose. They followed the route pointed out by the English engineer, and, after intense suffering, returned and reported the proposed route wholly impracticable. The success of the Suez Canal revived the project, and in 1870 two expeditions were sent out by the United States government—one under Commander T. O. Selfridge, of the United States navy, to Isthmus of Darien; and the other, under Captain Shufeldt, of the navy, to the Isthmus of T
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Panama Canal. (search)
First formal exploration made by Lloyd and Falmark1827-29 Garella's survey1843 Canal scheme of Michel Chevalier proposed1844 Survey for Panama Railroad by Col. G. W. Hughes, U. S. A.1849 Panama Railroad begunJan., 1850 Exploration of Capt. Fitzroy, R. N.1850 Exploration of Dr. Cullen1850 Ship-canal proposed by the Bulwer-Clayton treatyApril 19, 1850 Exploration of J. C. Trautwine1852 Exploration of Capt. Prevost, R. N.1853 Exploration of Lionel Gisborne1854 Exploration of Lieut. Strain, U. S. N.1854 Exploration of Captain Kennish1855 First train from ocean to oceanJan. 28, 1855 Exploration of Lieutenant Michler, U. S. A.1858 Exploration of Frederick N. Kelley1864 Exploration of M. de la Charne1865 De Paydt announces discovery of a favorable route1865 Exploration of Gonzorga1866 Treaty signed by the United States and ColombiaJan. 26, 1870 Exploration of Corn. T. O. Selfridge, U. S. N.1870 Exploration of Com. Tull, U. S. N.1875 General Turr and a committee pr