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Four Centuries of the Panama Canal by Willis Fletcher Johnson,1857-1931.
Beginning with Colombus's voyage and ending with Yankee hegemony. Johnson writes, "The Story is nearly four hundred centuries long and implicates, literally, mankind from China to Peru." You can read this online through Hathitrust.org, an openly accessible database with full text (read online) for those books published primarily before 1923. F
For a more pictorial work, try Panama Canal Pictures : Showing the Latest Photographs of the Progress Construction on the Isthmian Canal : together with a brief introduction, some interesting figures, and a map of the Canal Zone.
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