The Nicaragua Canal?

Interesting political/historical tidbit from the WSJ today, in a story about the plans (hopes?) to build a wider and deeper interoceanic canal in Central America:

In 1902, Nicaragua missed out when the proponent for the rival Panama project sent U.S. senators a stamp showing Nicaragua’s Momotombo volcano spouting smoke. Spooked senators cast their vote for Panama.

Funny how big decisions can turn on such small things.  For want of a nail &etc.

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