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Alexander von Humboldt: „The Darien Ship-Canal“, in: ders., Sämtliche Schriften digital, herausgegeben von Oliver Lubrich und Thomas Nehrlich, Universität Bern 2021. URL: <https://humboldt.unibe.ch/text/1853-The_Isthmus_of-06-neu> [abgerufen am 03.12.2023].

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Titel The Darien Ship-Canal
Jahr 1853
Ort London
Nachweis
in: Church & State Gazette 12:593 (24. Juni 1853), S. 393.
Sprache Englisch
Typografischer Befund Antiqua; Spaltensatz; Auszeichnung: Kapitälchen.
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Textnummer Druckausgabe: VII.55
Dateiname: 1853-The_Isthmus_of-06-neu
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|393|

THE DARIEN SHIP-CANAL.

The subjoined interesting letter is from Alexander vonHumboldt on the subject of the projected oceanic canalacross the Isthmus of Darien. The importance of theundertaking is fully admitted by the learned baron;and he urges the necessity of constructing a canalwithout locks as the only medium of communicationsuitable for the accommodation of the trade of theworld. It is now said that it was to the absence of thisimportant feature in the Nicaragua ship-canal-schemethat the failure of that project was mainly owing:—
“Sir—I am very much to blame for having so longdelayed an answer to the agreeable and interestingdispatch that you have been kind enough to forwardme, by the hands of Mr. Augustus Peterman, soestimable by his character as well as by the solidity ofhis geographical labours. Dr. Cullen cannot doubt thehigh importance that I would attach to the merit of hiscourageous and useful investigations in the easternpart of the Isthmus of Panama. Knowing my positionand my antediluvian age, he will receive with indul-gence, even so late, the expression of my livelygratitude.“After having laboured in vain, during half a century,to prove the possibility of an oceanic canal, and topoint out the Gulf of San Miguel and Cupica as thepoints most worthy of attention—after having regretted,almost with bitterness, in the last edition of my‘Aspects of Nature,’ that the employment of the meanswhich the present state of our knowledge affords forobtaining precise measurements has been so longdelayed, I ought, more than any one else, to be satisfiedto see, at last, my hopes for so noble an enterpriserevived. By your publications, and by that of Mr.Gisborne, will be originated the great work of changingan important part of the commerce of nations, and ofrendering more accessible the rich countries of EasternAsia and the Indian Archipelago. The undertaking isby no means above the intellectual and material powerwhich civilised nations have attained to. The workshould be one to last for ever—it should not commencewith a canal with locks like the magnificent CaledonianCanal—it must be a really oceanic canal without locks—a free passage from sea to sea, across which the speedof the navigation will be modified, but not interrupted,by the difference in height and non-coincidence of thetides.

Receive the expression of my highest considera-tion. Yours, &c., Alexander von Humboldt.

“Dr. Edward Cullen, Strand, London.”