Place:Panama

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NamePanama
Alt namesDariénsource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 709
Panamásource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Panamásource: Wikipedia
Republic of Panamasource: Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) p 490-491; NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998); UN Terminology Bulletin (1993) p 72
República de Panamásource: Britannica Book of the Year (1993) p 689
TypeCountry
Coordinates9°N 80°W
Contained Places
General region
Canal Zone ( 1903 - 1979 )
Inhabited place
Cirilo Guainora
Province
Bocas del Toro
Chiriquí
Coclé
Colón
Darién ( 1983 - )
Herrera
Los Santos
Panamá
Veraguas
Special territory
San Blas
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is the southernmost country of Central America and the whole of North America.

Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metro area is home to nearly half of the country's 3.6 million people.

Panama was inhabited by several indigenous tribes prior to settlement by the Spanish in the 16th century. It broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada remained joined, eventually becoming the Republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the Panama Canal to be built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the total transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama by the end of the 20th century, which culminated on 31 December 1999.

Revenue from canal tolls continues to represent a significant portion of Panama's GDP, although commerce, banking, and tourism are major and growing sectors. Panama has the second largest economy in Central America and is also the fastest growing economy and largest per capita consumer in Central America. In 2013, Panama ranked 5th among Latin American countries in terms of the Human Development Index, and 59th in the world. Since 2010, Panama remains the second most competitive economy in Latin America, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index. Covering around 40 percent of its land area, Panama's jungles are home to an abundance of tropical plants, animals and birds – some of them to be found nowhere else in the world.

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