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Panama Canal Centennial: American Success

Political Strategy  In 1900 the United States was planning for a Nicaraguan canal. Meanwhile, the French were desperate to sell their Panama Canal Zone rights to the U.S. for $109,000,000. The U.S deemed the price too high and continued with … Continue reading

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Panama Canal Centennial: The French Debacle

The construction of the Panama Canal begins with the French. In 1875, while the United States was conducting surveys across Mexico and Nicaragua, trying to find the right canal route, France became very active and ambitious, eager to make their … Continue reading

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Even Further Back Down the Hill

The construction of the Main Building in 1864 marked the beginning of the steady expansion of Rensselaer’s campus up the hill on Troy’s eastern edge. There were two exceptions: the Gymnasium (the subject of our December 3 post) built just … Continue reading

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An Alum and the French Occupation of Mexico

In remembrance of Cinco de Mayo, I thought I would share an interesting RPI connection to the end of the French occupation of Mexico. Julius A. Skilton, Class of 1849, became a physician and practiced as a surgeon during the … Continue reading

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I ‘found’ something ‘cool’

Visitors to the Archives often remark that we have a lot of cool stuff.  I agree!  There are periods of time, however, when I have to deal with more mundane tasks and the ‘cool stuff’ is very much in my … Continue reading

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