The Panama Canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects man has ever made. 27,500 workers died when the French and American tried building the canal. Because the canal connected the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans together it made commerce and traveling easier for many countries around the world. It had huge effect on the U.S. economy. They did not have to go around South America to go from Pacific to Atlantic ocean. The Panama Canal stimulated the economy even more since ships pasing through it had to pay a tax on how much was on the ship, and what the objects on it were.