SAT Subject US History Practice Question 400: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 400

21. Before the United States gained sovereignty over the Panama Canal, it had been the project of

A. a French company led by Ferdinand de Lesseps
B. a Spaniard named Vasco da Gama
C. a collective South American venture led by Simon Bolivar
D. the Dutch West India Company
E. the British Empire

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Ferdinand de Lesseps had just finished overseeing the design and building of the Suez Canal and hoped to repeat his success in Panama, but the French project ran out of money before he could finish the job.

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