Accession Number : ADA194542

Title :   The Panama Canal: An Analysis of Its Value and Defense.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Dickey, H B

PDF Url : ADA194542

Report Date : 05 Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : From the earliest days of European colonization, the traffic crossing the Isthmus of Panama has been a primary source of income for the inhabitants. Surveys for the building of a canal were made as early as 1534. Spurred by the acquisition of Florida and of California in the wake of its 1849 Gold Rush, the United States determined that it was in its national economic interests to build a canal across Panama. With the emergence of the U.S. as a global power, the canal took on increased national strategic importance. The Canal Treaties of 1977 generated much discussion as to whether the canal retains the same high level of national security interest it once enjoyed. This paper investigates the current economic and military value of the Panama Canal and possible U.S Coast Guard involvement in protecting United States interests there through an examination of the historical perspectives that are essential to understanding Panamanian-United States relations.

Descriptors :   *PANAMA CANAL, *TREATIES, ACQUISITION, CALIFORNIA, CROSSINGS, ECONOMICS, FLORIDA, GLOBAL, INCOME, INHABITANTS, NATIONAL SECURITY, PANAMA, POWER, TRAFFIC, UNITED STATES, WAKE, COAST GUARD

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Geography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE