Marking the centennial of Panama's separation from Colombia in 1903, this volume reprises U.S. images of the isthmus a century ago. The editors have collected a fascinating selection of articles from two of the most influential publications of the era, Harper's Monthly Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly, to illustrate the prejudices and expansionistic rhetoric of the time. An eclectic mix of adventure-seekers, naturalists, and scholars all helped a reading public in the United States "discover" Panama. Their writings show how Americans came to believe control of the isthmus was vital to their economic and political wellbeing. Constituting critically important primary sources, these articles will help readers think more critically and carefully about U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing legacy in U.S.-Latin American relations.
Michael J. LaRosa is associate professor of history at Rhodes College. German R. Mejia is professor of history at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota.
PART 1 Part I: The Panama Railroad Chapter 2 A Trip on the Panama Railroad Chapter 3 Panama Railroad Part 4 Part II: The Search for a Route Chapter 5 Darien Exploring Expedition, under Command of Lieut. Isaac C. Strain Chapter 6 Nicaragua: an Exploration from Ocean to Ocean Chapter 7 The New Route Through Chiriqui Chapter 8 The Secret of the Strait Chapter 9 Tehuantepec and the Eads Ship Railway Part 10 Part III: Choosing the Route Chapter 11 Short Cuts Across the Globe Chapter 12 Projects for an Isthmian Canal Chapter 13 The Trans-Isthmian Canal Problem Chapter 14 The Best Isthmian Canal Chapter 15 The Tropical Renaissance Part 16 Part IV: Diplomacy and Strategy of the Isthmian Region Chapter 17 The Isthmus Canal and American Control Chapter 18 Latin and Saxon America Chapter 19 The Diplomacy and Law of the Isthmian Canals Chapter 20 The Strategic Features of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea Part 21 Part V: After Separation Chapter 22 Non-Intervention and the Monroe Doctrine Chapter 23 The Right and Wrong of the Monroe Doctrine