Alternative locations for a Panama Canal

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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Which alternative locations have there been for a canal equivalent in purpose and function to the Panama Canal? I know that there were previously discussions of building such a canal in Nicaragua, but what about elsewhere? For instance, was southern Mexico ever considered as a destination for a Panama Canal-like canal?
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
22,750
SoCal
straight through the USA from new york to los angeles
You'd need to pick a better route. Starting in Texas might be easier since it would be a shorter distance--though the topography is still going to be a huge pain in the neck:

 
Apr 2017
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U.S.A.
Aside from alternate routes in Panama and Nicaragua...
Yes, actually southern Mexico on the isthmus of Tehuantepec was considered, using the Coatzacoalcos river for part of it. Supposedly cheaper, it never worked out because Mexico wouldn't agree to the deal. Plans were considered more seriously for building a rail connection across it.

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A more detailed investigation has revealed this concept was written off as too expensive by capitalists and engineers. So this was never seriously considered as a sea canal route. However, as a land route it was and still is.

Colombia is also apparently considering linking some of its rivers to form a canal.

And Costa Rica and Nicaragua are also considering a land route to transport cargo like Mexico.
 
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