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France and Panama

The Unknown Years, 1894-1908


James M. Skinner

A study of the brief but turbulent history of the New Panama Canal Company which replaced the bankrupt de Lesseps concern on the Isthmus in 1894. Unable to contemplate completion of the waterway because of a paucity of resources, the company's agents and adherents were nevertheless instrumental in attracting the interest of the United States' government which concluded a purchase of New Company assets in 1904. Though primarily a company history, the work examines the economic and political background against which the drama unfolded.
Contents: A study of the New Panama Canal Company, the French corporation which replaced the bankrupt de Lesseps venture on the Panamanian Isthmus in 1894 and sold its concession to the U.S. government in 1904.