The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal

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  • Six months after being nominated McKinley was assassinated 
  • I'm glad you're gone McKinley
  • Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest president at age 42
  • You are now President Teddy Roosevelt 
  • Roosevelt agreed to pay $40 million for the rights and began to negotiate with Columbia for control of the land. He offered $10 million for a fifty-mile strip across the isthmus but Columbia refused
  • Ferdinand de Lesseps, a French engineer began to dig a canal across the Isthmus of Panama. Tropical disease and engineer problems held up construction. French still had rights 
  • The chief of engineer of the New Panama Canal Company organized a local revolt. Roosevelt sent in the battleship Nashville and a group of marines to support the new government The rebels accepted Roosevelt’s original $10 million offer and gave the U.S. complete control of the canal zone.
  • We accept your deal
  • Thousands of workers had to tear up jungles and cut down mountains. Insects thrived in muddy, stagnant pools. Mosquitoes carried yellow fever, which was a leading cause of death at the time.
  • On August 15, 1914, the canal opened for its first freighter, called Ancon, to enter the new channel
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