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Alexander von Humboldt: „Humboldt and 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-27-neu> [abgerufen am 16.04.2024].

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Titel Humboldt and the Darien Ship Canal
Jahr 1853
Ort Panama City
Nachweis
in: The Panama Herald 3:45/207 (11. August 1853), [o. S.].
Sprache Englisch
Typografischer Befund Antiqua; Spaltensatz; Auszeichnung: Kapitälchen.
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Textnummer Druckausgabe: VII.55
Dateiname: 1853-The_Isthmus_of-27-neu
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Humboldt and the Darien Ship Canal

The venerable Baron Humboldt has writtenthe following letter to Dr. Cullen, the project-or of the Darien Ship Canal.
Sir: I am very much to blame for having solong delayed an an answer to the agreeableund interesting despatch that you have beenkind enough to forward me, by the hands ofMr. Augustus Peterman, so estimable by hischaracter as well as by the solidity of his geo-graphical labors. Dr. Cullen cannot doubtthe high importance that I would attach to themerit of his courageous and useful investiga-tions in the eastern part of the Isthmus of Pa-nama; knowing my position and my antedilu-vian age, he will receive with indulgence, evenso late, the expression of my lively gratitude.After having labored in vain, during half acentury, to prove the possibility of an oceaniccanal, and to point out the Gulf of San Migueland Cupica as the points most worthy of at-tention; after having regretted, almost withbitterness, in the last edition of my “Aspectsof Nature,” that the employment of the meanswhich the present state of our knowledge af-fords for obtaining precise measurements hasbeen so long delayed, I ought, more than anyone else, to be satisfied to see at last my hopesfor so noble an enterprise revived. By yourpublications, sir, and by that of Mr. Gisborne,will be originated the great work of changingan important part of the commerce of nations,and of rendering more accessible the richcountries of Eastern Asia and the Indian Ar-chipelago. The undertaking is by no means,above the intellectual and material powerwhich civilized nations have attained to. Thework should be one to last for ever; it shouldnot commence with a canal with locks, likethe magnificent Caledonian canal, it must be areally oceanic canal, without a lock, a freepassage from sea to sea, across which thecourse of the navigation will be modified, butnot interrupted by the difference in height andnon-coincidence of the tides. Receive, I pray you, sir, the expression ofmy great consideration. Yours, &c,

Alexander von Humboldt

Edward Cullen, Strand, London.