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Panama donates to France book collection on Panama Canal's history

Books & ReadingPANAMA CITY, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Panama has donated to France a collection of books chronicling the history of the Panama Canal's construction and its transfer to Panamanian sovereignty, the director of the Panamanian Diplomats' Academy, Paulino Romero, said here Tuesday "The Panamanian Foreign Ministry's Diplomats Academy gave 32 samples of the edition 'Commemoration of the Panama Canal Transfer1999' to the French ambassador to Panama, Pierre Henry Guignard," Romero said. Romero told reporters that the bibliographic collection will beat the University of Sorbonne in Paris and it will be guarded by the Contemporary Documentation Center. "In these volumes are the best Panamanian experiences of the tasks from national life, as well as on national and international politics, literature, science, education and pedagogy," Romero said. Saying he valued the importance of the donation, Guignard added that the books will tell readers the history of the ties between the two countries, which are linked to the first years of Panamanian history. The first attempt to construct the Panama Canal began in 1880 under French leadership. After this attempt failed, the project of building the canal was begun and completed by the United States in the early 1900s, with the waterway opening in 1914. The building of the 77 km canal was plagued by problems, including disease and landslides. By the time it was completed, some 27,500 workers were estimated to have died in the French and American efforts.
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