The day the Panama Canal opened – level 1

15-08-1914

Panama is a country in Central America. People want to build a canal there.

In 1881, the French start to build the canal. It is very hard. Many workers are ill. Many workers die. The land is difficult for the work. The French don’t have money. They must stop the work in 1889.

Five years later, the Americans buy the license. They continue the work. They work for 10 years. The canal is finished on August 15, 1914. The canal is 82 kilometers long.

Difficult words: canal (a long way full of water), difficult (not easy), license (an official document which says that you can do something).

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