Panama: The Overview

Panama lies in Central America and bordering Costa Rica and Columbia. Of the country be crossed Panama Canal joins the Caribbean Sea to Pacific Ocean in the south. The Panama has an area of ??75,517 km including 210 sq km inland water surfaces. Its coastline is 1915 km long. Panama occupies the narrowest part of the Central American bridge that is wrecked by the Panama Canal. The Central American cordillera runs through the Panama coast parallel carries in the west to the volcanic cone of Volcán Barú (3477 m) the highest mountain in the country. The most intensely inhabited areas are established on the Pacific coast and around the Canal Zone. Around half of the inhabitants live in cities.

History of Panama
In 1821, Panama seceded from Spain and was division of Gran Colombia under Simón Bolívar. With U.S. support, the current conflict Panama Panama after the split on 3 November 1903 from Colombia. It was while the Panama Canal Zone. Between 1904 and 1914 the U.S. Army Engineers built the Panama Canal. Initial work on the canal, however, had already begun under French leadership in 1881. The "Puente de las Americas", a bridge spanning the canal, built by the Americans, which should remain above 40 years, was the only land link between North and South America since 1959 to 1962. On 15 August 2004 opened a second bridge, called "Puente Del Centenario" under outgoing President Mireya Moscoso. However, she was taken into operation in 2005. In 1964 there came into the Panama Canal stretch to the flag dispute between the U.S. and Panama.

Culture and Lifestyle of Panama
National Day is the third November, when the independence of Colombia is thought. An outstanding enriching part of Panamanian culture is, as in most Latin American countries, music and dance. Historical, traditional and modern dances from neighbouring Colombia and the neighbouring states of forms from the Caribbean after emblematic Latin American dances, a great variety. Salsa is among the famous musician in the world which comes from Panama: Ruben Blades, he was from 2004 to June 2009, Tourism Minister of his country. Most dances are still dominates large parts of the population. Panama has produced many writers whose works were, however, generally not been translated into German. Well-known authors include Ricardo Miró (1883-1940), Joaquín Beleño (1922-1988) and Tristan Solarte (1924).

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