U.S. Imperialism in Columbia/Panama
Posted by: Don
Date: March 26, 2004 04:10PM
Yesterday I read that between 1850 and 1900 the U.S. had sent naval
boats to Columbia 13 times (Panama was part of Columbia).
My grandfather was in the U.S. Navy around 1900 and told of going to
South American (Nicaragua) and China on U.S. Navy ships. I don't
know the exact reason, but it was to keep the rebels in their place.
My grandfather always told of the extreme poverty of those people.
Anyway....Columbia apparantly refused to agee to total U.S. control
over the canal, so the U.S. supported (instigated?) the rebellion
leading to the creation of Panama in 1904. Panama has been under the
U.S. thumb, like so many other countries, ever since.
I'm a U.S. citizen who lived in Panama when I was about 5 years old,
and my father worked for the U.S. government in the Canal Zone.
I remember the poverty of the Panamanians.