He was an engineer who first started construction on the Panama Canal
"I agree to pay $40 million for the rights to build the Panama Canal"
Teddy began to negotiate with Columbia for control of the land. He offered $10 million for a fifty-mile strip across the Isthmus of Panama but Columbia refused.
"I am the chief engineer of the New Panama Canal Company and I am organizing a revolt!"
"We were sent here aboard the Nashville to support our government!"
An Accepted Deal
"Okay, fine. We will gladly take your offer of $10 million dollars and give you complete control of the canal zone."
Thousands of workers sweated in the malarial heat. They 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.
Canal Open for Business
Nine years later, on August 15, 1914, the canal opened for its first freighter,called Ancon, to enter the new channel.