Under President Theodore Roosevelt, the United States expanded its influence over nations in the Caribbean and the rest of Latin America after the Spanish-American War. In this cartoon, Roosevelt marches through the Caribbean while carrying a club, a reference to a West African proverb that was one of his favorite expressions: "Speak Softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
a. What does the "big stick" symbolize?
b. Do you think this cartoonist approved of American imperialism? Why or why not?