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In order to facilitate the building of the Panama Canal, the U.S.


coerced France into giving up its claims on building the canal.


militarily conquered the Canal Zone in order to build the canal with no outside interference.


backed Panamanian independence from Colombia in order to get a better financial offer to build the canal.


was in a tight competition to finish building the canal before the English efforts to build a canal in Nicaragua succeeded.


declared that only countries that put money towards the building of the canal would get to use it.

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