The text introduces the history of Panama Canal in honor of its 100th year of existence. The text also discusses the many ways in which the structure was more than just a final connecting piece for the global market.
The building of the Panama Canal birthed a new Ellis Island, which also gave both true and false narratives about what to expect in this new opportunistic land. Issues of racial and territorial segregation are explained. Future plans for redevelopment are also discussed, as well as an introduction to how researchers and students alike may interpret the structure, its history, and its future