Book 1, Chapter 1
• Examines early interest in joining the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico somewhere in Central America.
• Concentration is on U.S. expeditions through 1875.
• There are essentially 19 points sufficiently narrow to accommodate a canal.
• Patriotic fervor will govern both French and American endeavors in Panama, and both time and money will continue to be underestimated.
• That the Panamanian jungle conceals horrors is made clear, but will be brought out in terrible detail through the rest of the volume.
Book 1, Chapter 2
• "The Hero" refers to Ferdinand de Lesseps after his Suez Canal phenomena.
• Geography is popular throughout France, and de Lesseps declares in 1875 his initial public interest in an interoceanic canal.
• The Sociyty de Gyographie declares that due to U.S. efforts being weak, it will sponsor an international conference regarding the isthmus.
• The new Turr Syndicate (the "Sociyty Civile Internationale du Canal Interocyanique de Darien"), takes...
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