President Jimmy Carter Signed the Panama
September 7, 1977
many times have you taken a shortcut through a neighbor's
backyard? The U.S. created a 51-mile shortcut between the
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through a distant neighbor's
"backyard" and called it the Panama Canal. Of course, the
U.S. got permission from Panama first, back in 1904.
On September 7, 1977, President Jimmy
Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty and Neutrality Treaty
promising to give control of the canal to the Panamanians by the
Why was this shortcut for ships needed, and
how did the U.S. build one through the jungles of Panama?