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Public Law No. 183

Description:

Congress authorizes President Roosevelt to purchase the interests of the New Panama Canal Company of France and to construct the Panama Canal.

Resource Type: Government record

Subject: Bills, Legislative; Panama--Panama Canal Region; United States. Congress

Date: 1902-06-28

Letter from John Tyler Morgan to Thomas Collier Platt

Description:

John Tyler Morgan fears that war will break out between Colombia and Nicaragua in an effort to prevent the creation of a canal.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: International relations; Panama--Panama Canal Region; Colombia; Nicaragua; Zelaya, Jose Santos, 1853-1919

Date: 1902-07-08

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Marcus Alonzo Hanna

Description:

President Roosevelt confidentially informs Senator Hanna that the "Panama title is all right."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: International relations; Panama; Panama--Panama Canal Region; Knox, Philander C. (Philander Chase), 1853-1921; Root, Elihu, 1845-1937

Date: 1902-09-29

Letter from Joseph Bucklin Bishop to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Joseph Bucklin Bishop congratulates President Roosevelt on his message regarding Panama.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Panama--Panama Canal Region

Date: 1904-01-04

Letter from Robert Barnwell Roosevelt to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Robert Barnwell Roosevelt congratulates President Roosevelt on the signing of the Panama Canal Treaty.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Louisiana Purchase; Panama--Panama Canal Region; Loeb, William, 1866-1937

Date: 1904-02-25

Letter from Joseph Bullock Coghlan to William H. Moody

Description:

Rear Admiral Coghlan provides a weekly report to Secretary of the Navy Moody. Coghlan details the movements of ships under his command, and that he sent a Marine scouting party to locate positions to defend the canal zone. General Daniel Ortiz sailed to the Atrato River with a small force and has been seen by the USS Newport near Titumati. The majority of the native peoples now support the government in Panama.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Revolution (Panama : 1903); Indians of Central America; Military maneuvers; Military operations, Naval--American; Colombia--Cartagena; Cuba--Guantánamo Bay Naval Base; Panama--Chiriquí Lagoon; Panama--Darien Harbor; Panama--Panama Canal Region; United States. Navy

Date: 1904-03-14

Letter from John G. Walker to William H. Taft

Description:

Rear Admiral Walker writes to Secretary of War Taft to report on his visit to Panama and the progress of the Canal project. Walker provides updates on the surveys, equipment inventories, and research into the work necessary to build the Canal and then details the establishment of the Canal Zone government, including the passage of laws and penal codes, the establishment of government departments, and the construction of a hospital. He also discusses his and Taft's plan to make spots available on the Board of Directors of the Panama Railroad Company for members of the Panama Canal Commission and asks Taft for his permission to open at least two more such spots.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Hydraulic mining; Panama--Panama Canal Region; Isthmian Canal Commission (U.S.); Davis, George W. (George Whitefield), 1839-1918; Hecker, Frank J. (Frank Joseph), 1846-1927

Date: 1904-09-16

Letter from William Crawford Gorgas to Assistant to the General Manager of the Hamburg-American Line

Description:

Chief Sanitary Officer William Crawford Gorgas informs the Assistant to the General Manager of the Hamburg-American Line of a yellow fever quarantine in several Venezuelan ports. Gorgas explains how the quarantine will impact a ship landing in Panama to view the canal work.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Quarantine; Yellow fever--Prevention; Shipping--Health aspects; Venezuela--La Guaira (Vargas); Venezuela--Caracas; Venezuela--Puerto Cabello; Panama--Colón; Panama--Panama Canal Region; Hamburg-American Line

Date: 1906-11-05

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Kermit Roosevelt

Description:

President Roosevelt writes to his son Kermit to tell him about his trip to Panama with Edith. He includes the history of the area, the Panama Canal work site, and the scenery. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Presidents--Travel; History--Spanish colonies; Canal construction workers; Rain forest ecology; Panama; Panama--Panama Canal Region; Panama--Chagres River; Panama--Gatun Dam; Panama--Culebra Region (Chilibre); Panama--Colón; Panama Railroad Co.; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Stevens, John F. (John Frank), 1853-1943

Date: 1906-11-20

Letter from Allan H. Jennings to J. A. LePrince

Description:

Sanitary Inspector Jennings reports to his superior, Chief Sanitary Inspector LePrince, that he has examined all the pit and pail closets in his Districts. The closets were clean and disinfected, and the pails were less than half full at eleven o'clock.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Labor camps--Sanitation; Outhouses; Sanitation--Management; Panama--Panama Canal Region; Isthmian Canal Commission (U.S.)

Date: 1906-11-21

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