THE AMERICAN QUESTION BY Rear Admiral DANIEL AMMEN, U S NAVY 1879 INTRODUCTORY CONTENTS THE SUFFICIENCY OF OUR INFORMATION IN RELATION TO THE TOPOGRAPHY OF THE AMERICAN ISTHMUSES THE FEASIBILITY OF AN INTER OCEANIC SHIP CANAL VIA LAKE NICARAGUA AS A COMMERCIAL QUESTION THE PRESENT ASPECTS OF THE INTER OCEANIC SHIP CANAL QUESTION APPENDIX PROCEEDINGS IN THE GENERAL SESSION OF THE CONGRESS IN PARIS, MAY 23, AND IN THE TECHNICAL COMMISSION, MAY 26, 1879 REPORTS OF REAR ADMIRAL DANIEL AMMEN, U S NAVY, TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, JUNE 21, 1879 REPORT OF CIVIL ENGINEER A G MENOCAL, U S N., TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, JUNE 21, 1879 INTRODUCTORY Circumstances Which Occurred Nearly A Quarter Of A Century Ago, Briefly Mentioned In The Following Paper Read Before The American Geographical Society OfNew York, Fixed My Attention On The Question Of The Possibility Of The Construction Of An Inter Oceanic Ship Canal Across This Continent Owing To The Approaching Struggle Into Which We Soon Passed, And The Perturbation Which Preceded And Followed It, No Possibility Of Making Further Explorations Occurred For Years In The Early Part Of The Winter Of 1866 I Was In Washington, In Command Of A Vessel Of War At My Request, Eear Admiral Chas H Davis, Superintendent Of The Naval Observatory, Prepared A Map On A Large Scale Of The Narrow Part Of This Continent For General Grant, With Whom I Had The Pleasure Of Discussing What Was Then Known And What Was Still In Doubt Respecting The Topography Of That Region This Led To One Or Visits To Mr Seward, Then Secretary Of State, Whose Reception Of The Subject Of Making Further Explorations At That Time Made General Grant Averse To Seeinghim Further In Relation To This Matter Mr Conness, Then Senator From California, Offered A Resolution Calling For Information From The Superintendent Of The Naval Observatory, Which Was Given During That Year, 1866 He Continued His Interest In This Subject, And Finally Obtained An Appropriation For Making Inter Oceanic Surveys In The Winter Of 1869 In Themean Time General Grant Had Been Elected President, And Did Not Fail To Do All In His Power, Through His Subordinates, In Forwarding Surveys, Which, When Terminated, Left No Part Of The Topography Of The Isthmus In Doubt, So Far, At Least, As Their Possibility For The Construction Of A Ship Canal Was Concerned Under A Resolution Of Congress, As President, He Appointed A Com Mission On March 13th, 1872, Consisting Of The Chief Of Bureau Of Engineers, U S A., The Superintendent Of The Coast Survey, And The Chief Of Bureau Of Navigation, U S N., To Examine Into, Make Suggestions, And Report Upon The Subject This Commission Foimd Further Information Indispensable It In Formed The President That A Close Instrumental Examination Of The Isthmus Of Panama In The Immediate Region Of The Panama Railroad Was Necessary To A Full Consideration Of The Subject The President Directed An Immediate Execution Of This Work, Which Was Completed With The Least Possible Delay The Commission Then Decided, And Reported To The President On The 7th Of February, 1876, In The Follow Ing Terms That The Route Known As The Nicaragua Route Possesses, Both For The Construction And Maintenance Of A Canal, Greater Advantages, And Offers Fewer Difficulties From Engineering, Commercial, And Eco Nomic Points Of View, Than Any One Of The Other Routes Shown Tobe Practicable By Surveys Sufficiently In Detail To Enable A Judgment To Be Formed Of Their Relative Merits As Will Be Briefly Presented In The Appended Memorandum
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