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