Early History Timeline
1534 AD - After a suggestion from a Spanish official, Charles v, King of Spain and The Holy Roman Emperor, orders a survey of a route through Panama. The result would be a successful trade route from Spain to Peru, Ecuador and other countries with which Spain had good trade relationships. Additionally, a route through Panama would also give Spain a tactical edge over Portugal.
1855 AD - William Kennish, an engineer from the US but of Manx origin, surveyed the Panama for a feasible route and issued a report for the proposed Panama Canal. The book titled, "The Practicality and Importance of a Ship Canal to Connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans" was published that gave a detailed account of William Kennish's report for the proposed Panama Canal.
January 1, 1882 - The construction of the Panama Canal by the French begins headed by Ferdinana de Lesseps.
1902 - The canal lease is sold to the US for practically nothing and USA takes over the project.
February 23, 1904 – The US takes control of the construction of the Panama Canal with the help of a treaty with Panama.
August 15, 1914 - With the passage of the SS Ancon the canal is officially opened. A total of 34 years spanning from 1880 to 1914 were taken to construct the engineering marvel after many failed attempts.