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The Panama/Nicaragua Canal Debate of 1902

Earlier, when it looked like the canal would traverse Nicaragua, American officials and Nicaraguan President Jose Santos Zelaya enjoyed positive relations. After the deal fell through everything changed– Zelaya’s hostility toward foreign interests operating in his country grew and he adopted the rhetoric of economic nationalism—this proved to be his undoing– eventually the American interests decided enough was enough…

English: Engraving of José Santos Zelaya

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