What is the Panama Canal?

What is the Panama Canal?
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    Author: Janet B. Pascal
    Format: Paperback
    Publisher: Penguin Workshop
    Series: What Was?
    Ages: 8 to 12
    Size: 5¼ X 7½
    Total Pages: 108
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    Before 1914, traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast meant going by land across the entire United States. To go by sea involved a long journey around South America and north along the Pacific Coast. But then, in a dangerous and amazing feat of engineering, a 48-mile-long channel was dug through Panama, creating the world’s most famous shortcut: the Panama Canal!