Panama Canal Timeline

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Theodore Roosevelt became president due to McKinley's assassination

September 1901

McKinley is Assasinated

September 1901

Infuriated, the US sent a warship to intimidate Colombia

1903

The warship started a revolution and the Panamanians took their own independence.

The Colombian senate refused

1903

The Colombian senate claimed the US was trying to take over a poorer country's resources

Roosevelt offered Colombia $10 million for the Panama area

1903

Panama accepted the $10 million dollars

1903

They gave the US a ten mile wide Canal Zone

The Big Stick Policy

1904

Roosevelt made a speech to congress to make the Big Stick Policy part of his official campaign

Canal construction began

1904

Americans quit the canal project

1905

A year after the construction of the canal began, 3/4 of American workers had quit the grueling project

Canal construction is completed

1914

Congress apologizes to Colombia

1921

US gives Colombia $25 million

US returns Canal Zone to Panama

2000