The original French lead engineer was the same guy who did the Suez Canal which was dredged to sea level and doesn't require these locks to raise the vessel. For the Panama, it just wasn't feasible though because of the heavy rain and jungle in the area, and like most things back in those days, a lot of people died building it.
Another fun fact: the USA secured a 100 year lease on the canal. Jimmy Carter gave Panama ownership in 1977 in a treaty that required the canal always be neutral.
I always thought it was just a big ass ditch they dug
YOU GO AROUND THE HORN THE WAY GOD INTENDED!!!!!
That’s just locks. The beautiful part of the Panama Canal is the pully system that pulls the massive ships through
Once the boat was at the top my stupid brain was saying “alright now just open all the rest and let it gently slide down “ :/ that would not have worked .
Bad brain! Bad!
How long does the whole process of getting across usually take? That looks like it’d take forever!