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History Of Panama

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Panama was mainly colonised by the Spanish. Scotland, which was an independent country at the time, made a short-lived attempt at colonisation in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The failure was so spectacular that it led to the bankruptcy of the Scottish treasury and subsequently to the union with England, which continues to this day.

For most of its colonial history, Panama was administered as part of Colombia. It gained independence from Spain as part of “Greater Colombia”, which later split into several smaller countries. Panama was the last country to secede.

With US support, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and soon after signed a treaty with the United States that provided for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on both sides of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built between 1904 and 1914 by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The treaty became infamous as the “treaty no Panamanian ever signed”. It was largely abrogated by the Carter administration, which promised to return the Canal Zone by 1999 (which President Clinton did). Panama’s domestic and especially foreign policy has historically depended on the opinion of the administration in Washington. No openly anti-American Panamanian president has been able to stay in power for long.

On 7 September 1977, an agreement was signed that provided for the complete transfer of the canal from the United States to Panama by the end of 1999. In the following years, parts of the zone and increasingly responsibility for the canal were transferred. The entire Panama Canal, the Canal Support Zone and the remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by 31 December 1999. Panama has a history of military rulers who have ruled with little or no respect for the law and the constitution, the last of whom was Manuel “Pineapple Face” Noriega. Noriega is in US custody after being deposed by US military intervention in the name of “just cause” (just cause being an end to his drug trafficking regime). Noriega had been a de facto client of the United States for some time before this. After this upheaval, Panama decided to follow in the footsteps of its northern neighbour and abolished its military.

How To Travel To Panama

By air International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (IATA: PTY), located about 30 kilometres east of Panama City (from all countries) or at David Airport (from Costa Rica with AirPanama). PTY Panama City is well connected to the Americas and offers non-stop flights to almost 20 countries in the...

How To Travel Around Panama

By bus There are two types of buses in Panama: those on the highway and the "city buses" (metro buses) that have replaced the Diablos Rojos (Red Devils). The highway buses run constantly between the terminals in Panama City and various destinations along the Pan American Highway and then return to...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Panama

Countries whose citizens have a passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry do not require a visa for entry to Panama: (among others) Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Uruguay....

Destinations in Panama

Regions in Panama Central PanamaPanama City and the provinces of Colon and Cocle.Western CaribbeanThe province of Bocas del Toro and the province of Ngöbe-Buglé as well as the northern part of the province of Veruguas.Western PacificMost of Panama's main attractions are located in the province of Chiriqui, as well as...

Accommodation & Hotels in Panama

Panama's hotels are as diverse as its geography. Panama City has as much glamour and glitz as New York, without the high prices. You can find 5-star hotels in the heart of the city or venture into the smaller neighbourhoods where former canal barracks have been converted into guesthouses....

Food & Drinks in Panama

Food in Panama In the big cities you will find all kinds of food, from French haute cuisine to the freshest sushi. There are Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Mexican restaurants... whatever you feel like. Outside the cities, the choice is largely Panamanian, with seafood and beef in abundance, thanks to the...

Money & Shopping in Panama

Panama is home to the largest free trade zone in the hemisphere, the Colon Free Trade Zone. There are also a number of large American-style shopping malls, such as Multicentro, Albrook Mall, Multiplaza Pacific and the newest Metromall. However, prices vary considerably from mall to mall - Albrook is...

Festivals & Holidays in Panama

1 January, New Year's Day9 January, Martyrs' Day (Panama)Shrove Monday. The Monday before Ash Wednesday.Shrove Tuesday. The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.Good Friday - Death of Christ1 May, from 1 May to Labour Day1 July. (every 5 years) Inauguration of the President3 November. Separation Day (from Colombia).4 November. Flag Day5...

Language & Phrasebook in Panama

When you cross the border between Costa Rica and Panama, you will notice a distinct change in dialect. True to its Caribbean orientation, Panamanian Spanish is much closer to Puerto Rican than to Tico or Nicaraguan. For students with Mexican or European Spanish, this may take some getting used...

Internet & Communications in Panama

The most popular app for calling and texting in Panama is WhatsApp. Viber is also used. With these apps you can call and text for free with people who use the same app. This is the case for many Panamanians. Panama has one of the most advanced telecommunications systems in...

Traditions & Customs in Panama

How to dress The Panamanians seem to care about their appearance. Don't try to dress up to fit in, just be yourself. That means you don't have to wear a suit everywhere either. Just dress conservatively and smartly. For men, clean jeans and a shirt with a pressed collar are sufficient...

Culture Of Panama

Panama's culture is derived from European music, art and traditions brought to Panama by the Spanish. The hegemonic forces created hybrid forms by mixing African and Amerindian culture with European culture. The tamborito, for example, is a Spanish dance that was mixed with African rhythms, themes and dance movements. Dance...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Panama

Stay Safe in Panama Most of Panama is very safe. People in the rural areas are generally extremely friendly and helpful. If you want to visit Latin America but are paranoid about safety, Panama might be a good place to cut your teeth. One exception is the border region between...

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