Almost 150 years ago, Cornelius Vanderbilt wanted to make a transoceanic canal through Nicaragua. His plans fell through, but others today still share his dream. Various plans to construct the canal have met with opposition from the US and the intermittent local wars, but imminent turnover of the Panama Canal in 1999 has reawakened hopes for a Nicaraguan Canal.
Many wealthy investors and large enterprises are interested in the prospects of making a 377 kilometer two-track railroad stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific. However, its opponents state that it would destroy the natural ecosystem around it and that the cost would be much too high--1.5 billion US dollars.
The proposed track would begin at Bluefields or El Bluff on the Atlantic, curve across the top of Lake Nicaragua and then travel down to San Juan del Sur.
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