US History

The text quotes a senator as saying, during the debates of the 1970s over the fate of the Panama Canal Zone, that “we stole it fair and square.” To what extent is this an accurate description of events during the presidencies of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt that led up to the acquisition of the land needed to build the canal? To what extent did engineering considerations, the tactics of the Colombian government, and the aspirations of the Panamanians themselves affect the final outcome of this historical controversy?