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        Theodore Roosevelt and the Panama Canal | The Roosevelts

        After the Spanish American War, American territory extended further into both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, making it increasingly important to build a canal that would bridge the two seas.  The French, who had successfully overseen the building of the Suez Canal (1869) had tried and failed to build a canal across the Isthmus of Panama - at that time part of Colombia.

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