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在巴拿马丛林里建造运河 (摄于1913年)

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吉米卡特 (Jimmy Carter) 总统于197797日签署巴拿马运河条约 (Panama Canal Treaty)

你有多少次曾经把邻居的后院当成快捷方式呢?美国在大西洋与太平洋之间,建造了一条长达51英里的快捷方式。这条快捷方式穿越了一位遥远邻居的后院,大家称这条快捷方式为「巴拿马运河」 (Panama Canal) 。当然,在兴建这条快捷方式之前,美国早在1904年就得到巴拿马政府的同意。

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197797日,吉米.卡特总统签署了巴拿马运河条约以及中立条约 (Neutrality Treaty) ,允诺要在公元2000年的时候,将运河的管理权交还给巴拿马人。

为什么美国必须兴建这条给船通行的快捷方式呢?美国政府又是如何建造这条穿越巴拿马丛林的运河呢?


How many times have you taken a shortcut through a neighbor's backyard? The U.S. created a 51-mile shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through a distant neighbor's "backyard" and called it the Panama Canal. Of course, the U.S. got permission from Panama first, back in 1904.

On September 7, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty and Neutrality Treaty promising to give control of the canal to the Panamanians by the year 2000.

Why was this shortcut for ships needed, and how did the U.S. build one through the jungles of Panama?

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