treaty that claimed that an 1846 agreement with Colombia gave the United States

Treaty that claimed that an 1846 agreement with

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treaty; that claimed that an 1846 agreement with Colombia gave the United States the authority to control transit across Panama (American Imperialism). The United States helped Panama succeed from Colombia; the United States immediately received its reward from Bunau-Varilla. They made a treaty called Hay—Bunau-Varilla Treaty; It stated that the U.S would pay Bunau- Varilla’s New Panama Canal Company 40 million dollars, and the canal zone of Panama would be widened from six miles to ten miles (American Imperialism). In 1903, the United States gained perpetual control over a strip of land ten miles wide, that included the Panama Canal (Keene 585). I think President Roosevelt was way too eager when it came to controlling Panama. Even though Panama was independent, Panama’s National Constitution-specifically, Article 136- institutionalized United States influence in Central America at the expense of Panamanian sovereignty (Keene 585). The United States increased their control over all affairs after the ratification of the Constitution (Convention of Panama). A lot of people at this time thought President Roosevelt’s actions were unconstitutional. The United States had no right tell Panama to eliminate their army. The United States even took it as far as to control Panama’s economy. I think the United States took advantage of Panama. In Article X of the Constitution, the United States even made sure that Panama could not impose taxes, upon the Canal (Convention of Panama). In Article VIII of the Constitution, it stated that the Republic of Panama grants the United States all rights which is now and in the future acquire to the property of the New Panama canal Company and the Panama Railroad company. This allowed the Panama Canal Company to sell and transfer to the United States. I mean the United States basically took over Panama’s country (Convention of Panama). In Article XI of the Constitution, the United States permitted immigration and free
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access to the lands and workshops of the Canal and auxiliary works of employees and workmen of whatever nationality. However, they did not ask Panama if they were okay with allowing immigrants into their country. There was also poor work conditions for the workers, and I don’t think the United States cared about their working conditions (Convention with Panama). Over
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