President Theodore Roosevelt was keenly interested in Latin America — usually to advance US expansion and influence in the region. As a young cavalry officer, Roosevelt fought in the Spanish American War in Cuba. He actively supported the Panamanian Revolution against Colombia, which “coincidentally” succeeded in 1904 during his administration (1901-1909). A treaty with the new nation of Panama enabled Roosevelt and US business interests to proceed with construction of the Panama Canal. Roosevelt was a hands-on guy, and traveled to Panama to review the construction. In this image from the Library of Congress taken on November 26, 1906, Roosevelt is operating an American steam-shovel at Culebra Cut, a major construction milestone in the building of the canal.
https://thehispanicalmanac.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/November-26-1906-Theodore-Roosevelt-Panama-Canal-1-e1535762942868.jpg 100 195 Barbara Mitchell Barbara Mitchell1906-11-26 21:56:552018-09-01 00:49:16President Theodore Roosevelt and the Panama Canal