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Theodore Roosevelt Speak softly and carry a big stick and you will go far These were words said by and lived by Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt or TR as they sometimes referred to him as had a very big stick He used this big stick to make America an imperialist power to the world His big stick was really all the power the United States of America had in its moneylandarmy and armed forces No other world power would want to get in a conflict with the United States So Theodore Roosevelt did as he pleased with foreign affairs He showed the world this with the whole Panama and Cuba fiasco Roosevelt then did it again with his views toward the Monroe Doctrine He didnt stop there he also showed his imperialistic views with the Japan and Russia conflict Theodore Roosevelt truly was the ultimate imperialist Theodore Roosevelt decided it was in the United States best interest to build a canal Roosevelt also saw this as a chance to help himself be more appealing to the public With a canal the United States would have an easier time defending there imperialistic gains which were Puerto RicoHawaiiand the Philippines The United States had a lot of trouble getting started building the canal Roosevelt signed the Haybunau-Varilla treaty which helped them gain Panama land right under Columbias feet Columbia hesitantly defied the United states because they didnt want the same fate as Puerto Rico In 1914 the Panama canal was finally built and Roosevelt had got what he wanted a canal and basically control of Latin America Roosevelt didnt stop there with the Caribbean countries he continued to try to get imperial gains south of the United States Many Latin American countries were
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