TR saw the dangers in the possibility of other countries control channel as well. If the enemies of the United States could use the canal, the west coast of the United States would be vulnerable. Although Roosevelt was endorsed by Congress, many obstacles remained before the United States will begin the construction of the canal in 1903. The country of Colombia had control in Panama at this time. (Not to be confused with Richard Blumenthal!). The United States offered $ 10 million with $ 250,000 more each year for the lease of land in the Canal Zone to Colombia, but they rejected him. Then, Roosevelt decided to support the nationalist groups in Panama who wanted independence. In 1903, Roosevelt's plan worked, and Panama declared its independence, signed the treaty of Hay-Bunau-Varilla, who gave them the rights to the United States to build the canal and control the Canal Zone under the same conditions as the United States offered them to Colombia. 16 United States, through covert support to Panamanian nationalists, imperialists could get their claims, and so devour Panama, thus greatly harms the development of Colombia and through such action, this country has greatly, high rates of poverty or violence, that is, at that time. By the same author: Ohio Senator.
Another well-known case is that of Cuba and its economic blockade, but we will go into detail. Cuba, for not wanting to be more the plaything of America, was brought to international commercial isolation. Between 1927 and 1941, the sculptor Gutzon Borglum undertook a mammoth task: carved into a mountain in Keystone, South Dakota, colossal effigies of four former U.S. .