President Theodore Roosevelt was keenly interested in Latin America — usually to advance US expansion and imperialism in the region (known in some circles as highly inflated white male privilege). 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://latinxalmanac.com/wp-content/uploads/1906/11/November-26-1906-Theodore-Roosevelt-Panama-Canal.jpg 328 640 Barbara Mitchell https://latinxalmanac.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Latinx-Almanac-Logo-for-Enfold-300x138.jpg Barbara Mitchell1906-11-26 21:56:552020-02-26 02:52:59President Theodore Roosevelt and the Panama Canal