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On October 9, 1903, Bunau- Varilla met with President Roosevelt to get U.S. support for the revolution in Panama.

In 1901, the Secretary of State John Hay began negotiations with the Republic of Colombia. During this time, the Republic of Colombia did not include Panama. John Hay was negotiating a treaty for the start of U.S. control of what would become the Panama Canal.

On August 15, 1914 the Panama Canal was finished. The SS Ancon copleted the first passage through the Panama Canal.

When Panama recieved its independance, they returned a favor to Roosevelt. On February 23, 1904 they allowed the United States control of the Panama Canal Zone for US $10 million.

In 1913, Malaria was under control in the canal. Since the diseases were under control, canal construction was able to begin again.

On October 10, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signaled the crews to dynamite the south end of the channel. This now gave the U.S. a "path between the seas."

In the 1880s, a French company began building a canal across the 50-mile-wide Isthmus of Panama.

By May 1904, work on the canal began. The harsh working conditions and shortages of materials delayed U.S. progress.

Yellow fever had affected many workers in the Panama Canal. But, by 1906 yellow fever had almost been eliminated. The control over the yellow fever was the first step in resuming construction.

A treaty was drafted in 1903 between the United States and the Republic of Colombia. It stated that in return for a 99- year lease on six-mile strip of land across the isthmus, the US would agree to pay Colombia $10 million and a yearly rental of $250,000. Colombia's senate did not ratify this treaty, and President Roosevelt was furious.


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