On September 7, 1977, two Panama Canal treaties were signed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Gen. Omar Torrijos. These treaties changed the rules of how the canal is managed and operated. The Torrijos–Carter Treaties overrode the original 1903 Panama Canal Treaty, which granted the United States control over the Canal Zone. The zone bisects Panama in a canal 33.5 meters (110 feet) wide and 77 kilometers (48 miles) long.
The new Panama Canal Treaty (the second of the Torrijos–Carter Treaties) set a date (December 31, 1999) for Panama assuming full control of the management and operations of the canal.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry bisect Verb
to cut in half or divide equally in two.
to control or organize a situation or activity.
to control or manage.
Panama Canal Noun
artificial waterway between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea through the country of Panama.
official agreement between groups of people.
area separated from others by artificial or natural divisions.
Encyclopedic Entry: zone