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Title: Documentos relativos al canal interoceánico
Creator: Various
Senado de Plenipotenciarios
Publication Info: Bogotá : Imprenta y estereotipia de Medardo Rivas, 1870.
Physical Details: 1-40 p. ; 25 x 16 cm
Physical Condition: Wrappers stained and twisted. Interior dog-eared, penciled in (by writer unknown) but legible.

Summary: The plenipotentiary senate of Colombia published the relevant documents concerning to the construction of the inter-oceanic canal through the Isthmus of Panamá. Some documents relate to the further exploration of potential routes for the canal. Others concern potential treaties with the United States for the construction of the canal and tariffs for passage through the Canal. It also contains the management of the canal when built in which the United States of America would have political sovereignty over the canal and management rights. There were also documents that specify the levies received by Colombia from the Panamá Canal.
Historical Notes: At the end of the 19th century it was clear that the Panamá Canal would have to be built with foreign funds. After the Universal Company of the Inter-oceanic Panama Canal, the French corporation that won the first concession for the canal, failed to build it. Colombia negotiated the terms of a new concession with the United States. Central to this negotiation was the fact that the United States was considering to build the inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua. The canal was built and managed by Americans for most of the 20th century. Bushnell, David 1993 The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Donor Notes: Collection of documentary evidence regarding concessions to various governments and individuals regarding an inter-oceanic canal across Panamá isthmus. - J.L.H.

Subject(s): Panama Canal (Panama)
Concessions -- Colombia

Type: Pamphlet
Language: Spanish
Format: JPG
PDF - Color
Donor: Helguera, J. León
Collection: Helguera, J. León Collection
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Accession Number: P00176
Record Number: 163
Islandora ID: islandora:10304