American Imperialism in Colombia Roosevelt was very serious about building the canal, however Panama belonged to Colombia Roosevelt initially offered the Colombian government $10 million for a 100-year lease on Panama. Colombia refused Roosevelt secretly sent money to hire Panamanian mercenaries to revolt and declare independence from Colombia. The bloodless rebellion took place in November 1903; only one person died. Panama declared themselves the Republic of Panama and signed treaty with US for the canal Colombia, a poor nation with little military might, could do nothing.
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Political CartoonThis political cartoon shows that Roosevelt was paying Panamamercenaries to set off the “bomb” that would eventually separatePanama from Colombia and allow them to build the canal they alwayswanted.
Opposing Quotes “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt (September 1903) He said this while talking about how he believes that doing what he can to get Panama to build the canal is work that is “worth doing”. Basically meaning he was not afraid to get Colombia out of the picture.
Opposing Quotes (cont.) “…let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.” -Mark Twain (1902) He said this about Colombia and Panama, believing that they should get to make their own decisions on Panama’s Independence without American influence.