Rodolfo Leitón


I live in San José, Costa Rica, and like reading biographies, old science fiction and short novels. Also enjoy saltwater fly fishing and the great challenge of trying to train our indomitable Jack Russell Terrier, Benito. I work on the consumer goods industry, and write during nights and weekends. "I Took Panama: The Story of Philippe Bunau-Varilla" is my first novel, and it was translated into English by Nikki Settelmeyer.

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I Took Panama - Nicaragua stamp
Tidbits about the book "I Took Panama". In 1903 Philippe Bunau-Varilla used a Nicaraguan stamp from the Asenjo Emission to convince the U.S. Senate to vote for the Panamanian route, eliminating decades of U.S. preference for Nicaragua as the place to build its interoceanic canal. This video tells a little bit about that stamp's role in the U.S. decision to build the Panama Canal instead of the Nicaragua Canal. More at

I Took Panama - Bunau-Varilla visits Roosevelt at the White House
Tidbits about the short novel "I Took Panama". In Chapter 31, Bunau-Varilla visits President Roosevelt at the White House in order to find out if the U.S. would support a revolution in Panama, so the Canal could finally be finished (Panama was part of Colombia and Colombia would not sign the Herran-Hay Treaty). This short video shares some of the historical material that was used in building this chapter.

I Took Panama - Sinking of the Maine and Voyage of the Oregon
From the book "I Took Panama": how did the sinking of a U.S. battleship in Cuba help advance construction of the Panama Canal?

I Took Panama - Bunau-Varilla's Years in Panama
Tidbits about Philippe Bunau-Varilla's years in Panama, as related in the book "I Took Panama". First as an engineer for the Panama Canal Company and later as a private contractor, his experiences while in Panama helped shape his obsession with seeing the Panama Canal completed and also made him a very wealthy man. Read "I Took Panama" to learn more,


I Took Panama: The Story of Philippe Bunau-Varilla
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,130. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Biographical
Short novel based on the true story of a Frenchman who "invented" a country so the Panama Canal could be completed.
Yo Tomé Panamá
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,460. Language: Spanish. Published: December 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Un ingeniero francés inventa un país con tal de completar la construcción del Canal de Panamá.

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