As do predators which hunt and kill their prey, EU, always in search of his own, and then kill her, figuratively, and devour. And what happened in 1898, following the Hispano-American war that sought to "liberate Cuba from Spanish rule" (and incidentally provide a large market for United States), Spain ceded the Philippines for their $ 20 million. Spain also recognized the independence of Cuba and ceded Puerto Rico and Guam directly to the winner. 15 But perhaps one of the most notorious cases of this type of behavior is the construction of the Panama Canal The dream of a canal across the isthmus of Central America was born many years before 1903, when the United States government began construction of the channel we see today. The two men who had the most influence on the U.S. government's decision to make another attempt at a canal across the Isthmus, were Theodore Roosevelt, president in 1901, and Alfred Mahan, a general in the Navy United States. Mahan had many theories of war and political power.

He believed that if the United States wanted to maintain their power, they had to control the sea. With the events of the war in Cuba on his head, he saw a big change in the importance of Caribbean States America and the world. In the heart of the plan to control the sea Mahan was the Panama Canal. Julio Franco gathered all the information. Roosevelt was in agreement with the theories of Mahan. There was fought in the war against the Spanish, recalling the journey of a ship (The Oregon) who came to San Francisco was 13.000 miles, and a canal, the trip would have been more than 8,000 miles less.