Policeman of the Western Hemisphere (Roosevelt Corollary and the Panama Canal)
I think the country should take power in Panama. Building a canal there could put us at the top of the financial food chain in the world.
On December 6th, 1904, Roosevelt added a corollary to the Monroe Doctrine to pledge to defend countries in the Western Hemisphere and threaten foreign powers who tried to interfere with the States' interests
"Chronic wrongdoing... may force the United States... to the exercise of an international police power"
I'm ordering our Navy to intervene in the Revolution down in Panama. Free them from Colombian Rule then begin work on the Canal
But will we be better off?
The United States of America has freed you from Colombian Rule. You are now protected by us and you will follow our laws
With this deal, the United States gains control of the Canal Zone for $10 million.
The construction of the Canal results in the exploitation of Panamanian Citizens for cheap labor. They also become subject to Jim Crow type laws
You'll also be allowed to enforce your laws on us as you please
WHAT ABOUT US?! We Panamanian Citizens had no say in this matter, and we're not okay with that at all
Some skirmishes would follow, resulting in the deaths of some Panamanian citizens. However, the Canal results in the United States greatly expanding their financial influence in the Western Hemisphere (and the world)