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The Panama Railroad
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The Panama Railroad (Hardback)

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In 1848, a group of ambitious American entrepreneurs decided to embark upon a remarkable engineering feat-they would build a railroad across the Isthmus of Panama to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The creation of the Panama Railroad ranks as one the boldest capitalist ventures in the 19th century, and would require battling climate, disease, and geography before it was completed. On a human level, it would transform the destiny of thousands of lives in America and Panama, as well as in Ireland.



The Panama Railroad provides the first comprehensive account of the railroad's construction, going well beyond the known stories of the titans of industry involved with its construction, such as William Aspinwall, George Law, and Cornelius Vanderbilt. It seeks to correct false claims and address numerous gaps in past histories, and in particular showcases the stories of the ordinary Irish workers willing to travel halfway around the globe to pursue an uncertain future and a perilous undertaking in the hopes of escaping the devastating Great Famine of 1845-49.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasTransportTrains & railways: general interest Publisher: Indiana University Press Publication Date: 02/02/2021 ISBN-13: 9780253052070  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Peter Pyne was Lecturer in history in the Adult Education Department of Ulster University at Magee University College, Derry, before his retirement. He lives in Derry, Northern Ireland, where he and his wife run a bed and breakfast.

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