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During the nineteenth century the United States was growing its empire through economics, politics, and military actions. The first step in growing their empire was to limit the actions of European countries. The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 asserted the United State’s position by warning European powers against any further attempts to colonize lands in the Western Hemisphere. The American continents are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European power. With the economic growth of Latin America and the Pacific the United States began to see the need for a more efficient and secure route to the east coast. The Isthmus of Panama was identified as that route and
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The moral justification and duty of the United States to free the Panamanian people only subjected them to United States imperialism and control of the Panama Canal is a constant reminder to Latin America that the United States controls the region.

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