Plan for a Hypothetical Nicaraguan Canal (1870s)

Panoramic view of the Nicaragua Canal

Plan for a Hypothetical Nicaraguan Canal (1870s)
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Date: 1870
Author: Julius Bien and Co
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Source: Library of Congress
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Here's Julius Bien's take on a never-realized Nicaragua Canal.

This was our "shortcutting the cape" plan right up until we (the U.S.) purchased the French's interest in what would be the Panama Canal zone.

A couple million cases of malaria later and, well, we got a canal. Less and less shipping can actually fits through it nowadays... but that shouldn't undercut the amazing amount of engineering that went into it.

Pros and cons of the Nicaragua plan? You'll have to ask your neighborhood civil engineer [-ing historian?] -- this is pretty far outside of my field. If anybody wants to pass along their take, I'd be more than glad to share it with everyone, and provide you with whatever credit you or your organization would like.



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