Historical Documents Relating to the Establishment of the Republic of Panama

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Documentos historicos relativos a la fundacion de la Republica de Panama (Historical documents relating to the establishment of the Republic of Panama) is a compilation of documents published in Panama in 1904, shortly after the province of Panama declared its independence from Colombia. In January 1903 the representative of the Colombian government in Washington, Tomás Herrán, and the United States secretary of state, John Hay, signed a treaty giving the United States the right to build a canal across the Isthmus of Panama. Public opinion in Colombia regarded the financial terms of the treaty as unsatisfactory and objected to the way in which the agreement impinged upon Colombian sovereignty, and in August 1903 the Colombian Senate voted unanimously against ratification. With United States encouragement, in November 1903 the province of Panama declared its independence from Colombia. The United States and the new republic then concluded a treaty on essentially the same terms as the January 1903 agreement with Colombia. This pamphlet, which appears to have been hastily produced in order to bolster the legitimacy of the new state, contains the texts of the Act of Independence and several other acts relating to independence along with long lists of the signatories of these documents, the texts of decrees issued by the provisional government of Panama in late 1903, and various other documents bearing on the events of November 1903. The pamphlet was compiled by Rodolfo Aguilera (1858‒1916), a historian, journalist, and politician, who was a prominent advocate of Panamanian independence.

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M.R. de la Torre and Sons, Panama

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Documentos historicos relativos a la fundacion de la Republica de Panama

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83 pages ; 27 centimeters

Last updated: July 12, 2017