John Blashford-Snell in search of the ‘first Panama Canal’

Colonel Blashford-Snell, a friend of ‘1421’ has recently returned from leading an expedition which was part-funded by Gavin, and influenced by Cedric Bell, to find the precursor to the Panama Canal. This waterway, between the Atlantic and Pacific, features on mediaeval maps, years before the Panama Canal as we know it today was opened in 1914. The expedition was launched in Nicaragua, and was a resounding success. John and his team found several locations where it is possible, in the rainy season, to navigate rivers in a small boat from the Pacific, inland to Lake Nicaragua, and from thence downriver to the Caribbean and the Atlantic. He also found evidence of ancient man-made canals along the way. It is hoped that an expedition will return in the wet season to investigate the route further.

To read about John’s latest adventure please click on the following link:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7025756.ece

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