How the US stole Panama – Part 2

Last year, I wrote about how the US stole Panama (from Colombia) and while everything I wrote is based on facts, there are facts that were withheld simply because I didn’t read further into the subject…until now. There is more to consider when coming to a conclusion about the story of Panama and how it relates to Colombia.

When Colombia gained independence from Spain, it didn’t include Panama as part of its territory. Panama gained independence separately and being separated from Spain while wanting to show solidarity with Bolívar, they voluntarily accepted Bolívar’s call to create the Grand Bolivian Nation, or La Gran Colombia (together with Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru). Upon Bolívar’s death in 1830, Panama didn’t see much of a reason for the continuance of said union and that is when it searched out a way to separate itself, only to fail as a result. It is said that there were 17 attempts in the history of Panama to declare itself a sovereign nation from Spain and later Colombia, all prior to the dealings of the US with Colombia.

What this means is, in the sense of the loss or ‘rape’ of Panama from Colombia, in a certain form, it did happen and the way it happened was plain evil on the part of the US. On the other hand, there was a 308 year old Spanish-ruled Panama (1513-1821) that pre-dated La Gran Colombia (1819-1830). One year into their independence from Spain, Panama joined La Gran Colombia until the union’s demise in 1830. In 1831, after a failed military coup by Panama, they joined The Republic of New Granada (ie, Colombia) for about 70 years until the day came when the US intervened. 

So who should be indignant about what? Well, that is a good question and the answer can only have merit once all the facts are brought to light. I hope I’ve helped in doing just that.

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4 thoughts on “How the US stole Panama – Part 2

  1. Pingback: How the U.S. stole Panama – Part 1 « Eyes On Colombia

  2. This is total crap. Colombia was greedy and the fucked up. The canal would have been an economic boon for them. It would have strengthened a relationship between Colombia and the U.S. And Colombia could have been part of improving trade and international relations for the world. Instead, they tried to work over the United States and got slapped down. No wonder you’re so bitter and biased, you’re embarrassed.

    • I personally could not agree more with this point. Under Spanish rule, for over 300 years, Panama had little to do with what would later form and become Colombia. Colombia became Colombia like in the 1860s or 1880s. It went through several name changes and political changes. What many have failed to understand, there was no Colombia before the land became independent from Spain. It was a large viceregal of Spain’s dominance in the region. Later, each territory sought to give themselves names and separatists movements followed. Colombians are very nationalistic but for what? Panama’s inclusion with Colombia was a political and economic integration. Its separation was because, in reality, Colombia and Panama had very little in common culturally. Colombians will for another Thousand Years say, Panama was part of Colombia. Did they fail to read that Panama declared its independence from Spain on November 28, 1821????????????????????

  3. Good points but there are no sources cited in this article so it can’t be trusted. We are all biassed in some way but consider this. Without the U.S. would the canal have been built? I think not. fair or not, the canal did benefit the entire world community. The Columbians could have not built the canal on their own and even the French (a superpower) had failed. Whether the end justifies the means is up for interpretation but I think it best to have a pissed off Columbia and a finished canal that has served the world for over 100 years, than no canal.

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