Underwood & Underwood, active 1880 - c. 1950 Search this
Theodore Roosevelt, 27 Oct 1858 - 6 Jan 1919 Search this
Brown-toned gelatin silver print
Sheet: 25.4 x 20.5cm (10 x 8 1/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
The idea of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by building a canal through the tropical narrows of Central America was an old one, but Theodore Roosevelt seized upon the notion as a means of improving the nation's trade and defense capacities. "To my mind," he wrote in 1903, "this building of the canal through Panama will rank in kind, though not of course in degree, with the Louisiana Purchase and the acquisition of Texas." This photograph was taken during a tour to inspect construction of the canal.