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The competition

Posted by granieluciano123 on June 30, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (23)

Ever since the discovery of the South Sea by Vasco Nuñez de Balboa in 1513, efforts and explorations were made to connect the Atlantic with the Pacific, first by the discoverer of such ocean, Balboa,  then by Columbus, later by the spanish king, Charles V, and afterwards by the scotish Patterson. Nothing was really done until De Lesseps arrived and started the construction in 1881.

Through the years a number of options were put on the table for such an enterprise, a canal through the Darien, another, a canal through Mexico and one other through Nicaragua. When the americans came to finish the canal that the french started in Panama, they were studying the Nicaraguan option by using lake Nicaragua to help shorten distances.

Today the chinese are working to construct a canal through Nicaragua. Some studies have been made, some land has been cleared, some other land is being purchased and being prepared to create a new canal which will even  wider, deeper and longer than the new Panama Canal which was put to work just a few days ago. Preliminary studies put the bill of the new Nicaraguan canal at fifty billion dollars and five years of back breaking work.

If a new canal is indeed built, it will be good for business. Competion brings better services and lower prices to consumers. The future of the Nicaraguan canal is still murky and uncertain but if built, it will benefit and widen the possibilities of world wide commerce for years to come.

Luciano (507) 6905 1324

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Some facts about Panama

Posted by granieluciano123 on June 19, 2016 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The name Panama means abundance of fish, that is what the founder of the city, Pedro Arias de Avila wrote in a letter to the king of Spain, Fernando, back in 1521. 

Today, some guides will tell you that the name means abundance of butterflies, abundance of trees or abundance of water, all that is made up just to make the history of Panama more flowery.

The original site where Panama was located was an indian village taken over by the spaniards and transformed into a typical spanish city of the 1500's.

The city had the Royal Houses where gold and other valuables were collected before being sent to Spain. Of importance too was the Cathedral, a large structure with six bells at the top of the tower. This original city had the house of the governor, the mayor's home and of course the bishop's house which was located next to the main church. There were convents and monasteries as well as private houses. The streets had names just like today, La Carrera street ran along the sea while the Empedrada street was probably the most important avenue as it headed straight into the church of the cathedral. 

It is believed that the population of the city was of about five thousand people, of those around 800 were spaniards and about a dozen of them, citizens of countries friendly to spain like Italy and Portugal. The rest were indian and black slaves brought from Africa by the british and the portuguese and sold to the spaniards who put them to do the heavy work of building large structures in the city.

The original Panama was an open city unlike the cities of the Caribben sea that were built like castles with walls around them.

The Pacific or South Sea as it was called then was an empty sea, no pirates of any kind were roaming the the ocean at the time. In january of 1671 Henry Morgan in the company of about 1200 men was able to take the city, attacking it from land and finally taking it.

Morgan stayed in Panama for a month taking with him treasure and hostages that were later exchanged for ransom money.

After the destruction of Panama by fire, the spaniards that remained, on orders of the queen of Spain, moved the city to what is today the Old Quarter which is located less than ten miles from where the original city was located, so the New Panama was born. What we now today as the Old Quarter was known back then as the New Panama.

Today both locations are considered to be part of the world heritage.

Luciano (507) 6905 1324

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The expansion project...

Posted by granieluciano123 on June 13, 2016 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As I write these lines a new set of entrances and exits are being finished on both ends of the Panama canal.

The Great canal that was built between 1881 and 1914 is now being widened to accept larger ships.

Let´s remember that most of the canal is a huge artificial lake in the mountains.

Gatun lake in the middle of the country is the main body of water of the Panama Canal.

The water from that lake comes from many rivers, mainly from the Chagres.

The water from the Chagres comes from the rain. 

Christopher Columbus discovered that river, he called it "Rio de los Lagartos". (Aligator river).

The basin of that river is very important for Panama.

The canal water not only gives life to the canal but is also the source of drinking, bathing and irrigation water to the provinces of Panama and Colon.

In a time when clean water is becoming scarce, the rivers, the forests, the sources of the Chagres and of all the rivers that empty into the canal deserve protection and care not only from the government but from the people of Panama.

All the rivers of the world need to be protected, clean water is more valuable than gold. Many rivers around the world are becoming polluted, contaminated, made unsanitary by the carelesness of the many. If we do not take care of our rivers today our descendants will go thirsty tomorrow.

Luciano Granie...Tel. (507) 6905 1324

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