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Alexander von Humboldt: „Baron Humboldt and the Panama Route“, 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-30-neu> [abgerufen am 25.05.2024].

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Titel Baron Humboldt and the Panama Route
Jahr 1853
Ort Sydney
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in: The Sydney Morning Herald 34:5093 (16. September 1853), S. 2.
Sprache Englisch
Typografischer Befund Antiqua; Spaltensatz; Auszeichnung: Kapitälchen.
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Textnummer Druckausgabe: VII.55
Dateiname: 1853-The_Isthmus_of-30-neu
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BARON HUMBOLDT AND THEPANAMA ROUTE.

Subjoined in a translation of a letter recentlyaddressed by the venerable Baron Humboldt toDr. Cullen, relative to the projected Darienship Canal. It will be seen that the Baronespecially urges the necessity of constructinga canal without locks, as the only medium ofcommunication suitable for the accommoda-tion of the trade of the world. It was to theabsence of this important feature in the Nica-ragua ship canal scheme that the failure ofthat project was mainly owing, no capitalistswere naturelly averse to commit themselves toan undertaking which, whilst involving animmense and unascertained expenditure,would, when completed, it was more thanfeared, prove perfectly inadequate to its ob-ject: — To the Editor of the Daily News
Sir,—I am very much to blame for having solong delayed an answer to the agreeable andinteresting despatch that you have been kindenough to forward me, by the hands of Mr.Augustus Peterman, so estimable by his cha-racter, as well as by the solidity of his geo-graphical labours. Dr. Cullen cannot doubtthe high importance that I would attach to themerit of his courageous and useful investiga-tiona in the eastern part of the Isthmus of Pana-ma; knowing my position and my antidiluvianage, he will receive with indulgence, even solate, the expression of my lively gratitude.After having laboured in vain, during half acentury, to prove the possibility of an oceaniccanal, and to point out the Gulf of San Migueland Cupica as the pointa most worthy of atten-tion; after having regretted, almost withbitterness, in the last edition of my “Aspectsof Nature,” that the employment of the meanswhich the present state of our knowledgeaffords 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 IndianArchipelago. The undertaking is by no meansabove the intellectual and material powerwhich civilized nations have attained to.The work should be one to last for ever;it should not commence with a canalwith locks; like the magnificant CaledonianCanal, it must be a really oceanic canal, with-out looks; a free passage from sea to sea acrosswhich the speed of the navigation will be mo-dified, but not interrupted by the difference inheight and non-coincidence of the tides.—Receive, I pray you sir, the expression of myhighest consideration. Yours, &c.,

(Signod) Alexander Von Humboldt.

Dr. Edward Cullen, Strand, London.