After controlling the Panama Canal since its completion in 1914, the United States formally handed over control of the canal to Panama on December 31, 1999. This event marked a major change in the complicated relationship between the two countries. In this activity you will learn more about the canal, its history, and the role of the United States in Panama.
Destination Title: Panama Canal Handover
Start at CNN's Panama Canal Handover Web site.
- Click on Facts and figures on the canal and country. Browse through the Canal Profile, Panama Profile, and Canal Ecology, taking notes as you read.
- Return to the main screen and click on and read History: Troubled passageway and Politics: Canal return a mixed blessing?
After exploring these topics, answer the following questions.