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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 7 years ago

How was the country of Panama created?

Who was the president of the USA at the time, and how did our government play a role in the formation of Panama?

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Why was Panama created?

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    In 1903, revoluntaries in Panama liberated Panama from Columbia. America sent warships to halt the Columbia army from re-taking Panama. So, why did the U.S. interfere? Two main reasons: 1) we knew we needed a canal and Panama or Nicaragua were the most reasonable locations; 2) the American corporations had fruit companies (like Dole or United Fruit) had large holdings in Panama. It was in our best interests to have a small nation in Central America we could control

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  • 7 years ago

    Panama was a part of Colombia until 1902. Colombia did not want the U.S., the French, or anyone else building a canal on their territory without ownership. However, without ownership, there was no reason to build the canal.

    President Roosevelt's administration recognized Panam's independence and signed a treaty quite advantageous to the U.S. We built the Panama Canal, received "as though sovereign" rule over the Panama Canal Zone and the Panamanian people, who had been trying to secede from Colombia for nearly 80 years, got independence.

    Global trade has benefited significantly from the Canal, and Panama now owns it. I suppose one can condemn the U.S. for being a bully. I find that the Colombians were simply short-sighted. Building the canal had to happen, the Colombians could not do it, and those who could do it were barred from benefiting by Colombia. A troublesome independence-seeking province was taken off Colombia's plate and world commerce benefited enormously.

    In the absence of a canal Colombia's growth was stymied. No one with a measurable IQ was going to ship goods to Colombia for transport across the Andes for further shipment to Asia, or the reverse. It was both cheaper and faster to ship things to the U.S. for transcontinental rail transport.

    I suppose we would be displeased if China or Japan decided to recognize California's independence. The People's Soviet Socialist Democratic Republic of California can be independent for all I care.

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  • 7 years ago

    Same way as the rest of the countries in South/Central America

    Spain drew the borders

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Teddy Roosevelt named it after a hat.

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