Teddy Rosevelt travels to Panama:
On this day in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt embarks on a 17 day trip to the Panama and Puerto Rico, becoming the first President to make an official diplomatic tour outside of the United States.
Roosevelt entered office in 1901, with firm intention of asserting American influence over Central and South American politics, partly as a result of his own past experiences in the area. In 1897, he became secretary of the Navy under President William McKinley, whose administration worked to secure access to ports and industries in countries with close proximity to the U.S. At the time of Roosevelt's appointment to the Navy's highest civilian office, American sea power was on the rise, enabling the U.S. to become a greater influence in world affairs.
Roosevelt visited Panama to check on the progress of the Panama Canal in 1906, the construction of which had suffered many setbacks, including worker accidents and disease outbreaks. Roosevelt's demands for improvements in health care and better working conditions pushed the canal project forward just when it appeared doomed to failure.
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