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On August 15, 2014 Panama celebrated 100th anniversary of opening of its canal. It was on August 15, 1914 when Panama Canal—a global trade route—was opened, which was at the time marked as a magnificent event in the U.S. More than 1 million ships have crossed the canal ever since.

The celebrations leading to this in Central Florida marked the experience and toil of the U.S canal workers engaged in the engineering marvel. The three-day event at the University of Florida in Gainesville focused on the contributions of the workers and the culture of Panama.

The university has acquired one of the biggest collections of the Panama Canal in the U.S. This collection, which includes classic photographs, uncommon maps, etc., by Americans, who lived and worked in the canal zone, was made into a museum which was transferred to University of Florida two years ago.

Panama Canal is a 436-square-mile area which spans both sides of the shipping channel. It connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The celebration marks the launch of the pieces of history that will be displayed through the fall.

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