Colombian Treaty Proposal

The Wilson administration secured a treaty with Colombia in 1914, expressing "sincere regret" for U.S. actions that helped to pry Panama loose from Colombia during the canal adventure. As a manifestation of that regret, the United States agreed to pay $25 million.

Theodore Roosevelt was still very much alive and again becoming a force in the Republican Party. He expressed his unmistakable outrage at Wilson's action and won support of his friends in the U.S. Senate, where Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts managed to prevent consideration of the treaty. This was a clear example of party loyalty trumping principle.

This issue would be revisited in the 1920s when the Harding administration followed a different course of action.


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