What happens next will soon become an international incident that garners the intervention of none other than President Theodore Roosevelt. The cable was received by Assistant Secretary of State Francis B. Loomis, who informed President Roosevelt. This was the era of “Big Stick” diplomacy, and Roosevelt ordered that seven warships head immediately to Tangier. Roosevelt agreed—despite these new findings, Roosevelt knew this was an issue of both pride and politics at this point. To learn more about this episode, and Theodore Roosevelt, check out our website at mentalfloss.com/historyvs.