The stamp that changed history
Stories from the United States' relationship with the Panama Canal, in celebration of its centenary
Due to the complex political situation in Panama in the year 1902, the Government of the U.S., presided over by President Theodore Roosevelt, was inclined to build the Interoceanic canal in Nicaragua. However the detractors criticized the Nicaraguan option because of the danger posed by volcanic activity in the country. Knowing this, the French engineer Bunau-Varilla change history by sending a letter to all American senators with stamps showing Nicaragua's Volcano “Momotombo” in full eruption. This tactic convinced the Senators to vote in favor of Panama, which seemed a much safer and stable choice.