Panama Canal

Based on the article below, explain how the Panama Canal was important to the history of our civilization. Please turn the question around and write in complete sentences.


A project that dwarfed the problems in building the Suez Canal (or any other canal), the US accomplished what the French could not, and provided easy access between the Atlantic and Pacific.  Facing incredible engineering obstacles and especially disease, this US achievement accommodates close to 15,000 ships passing through per year and is approaching its millionth customer.  The canal and canal zone were turned over to Panama on December 31, 1999.  Modifications to accommodate much larger ships are being undertaken at this time.