The Panama News


important information about Panama

Panama is south of Costa Rica and north of Colombia. The Panama Canal bisects the isthmus at its narrowest and lowest point, allowing passage from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Panama is slightly smaller than South Carolina.Panama also has a surprisingly diverse population, the result of intact indigenous groups and steady immigration over the last 500 years.People with African origins – Afro-Colonials and Afro-Antillanos – have lived in Panama since the 16th century.The other most densely inhabited parts of the country are the central provinces of Herrera, Los Santos, Coclé, and Veraguas. Panama City, Panama's capital, is a modern city framed by the Pacific Ocean and man-made Panama Canal. Casco Viejo, its cobblestoned center, contains colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidencial (aka Palacio de las Garzas) as well as bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with cafes and bars.From Miraflores Locks one can watch ships pass through the city's famed canal, linking the Atlantic and Pacific.In 1501 the discovery of Panama by Spanish explorer Rodrigo de Bastidas marked the beginning of the age of conquest and colonization in the isthmus. However, it was his first mate, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, who was to be immortalized in the history books, following his discovery of the Pacific Ocean 12 years later.

culture of Panama and climate

Panamanian culture is a hybrid of African, Native Panamanian, and European culture - specifically Spanish. For example, the tamborito is a Spanish dance that was blended with Native American rhythms and dance moves. Panama has a tropical maritime climate with a hot, humid, cloudy prolonged rainy season (May to January) and a short dry season (January to May).Panamanian Cuisine is a mix of African, Spanish, and Native American techniques, dishes, and ingredients, reflecting its diverse population. Since Panama is a land bridge between two continents, it has a large variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs that are used in native cooking.

More information about economy and flag

An economy is an area of the production, distribution or trade, and consumption of goods and services by different agents in a given geographical location. Panama's flag is blue, red and white. That flag have two stars. Agriculture in Panama is an important sector of the Panamanian economy. Major agriculture products include bananas, cocoa beans, coffee, coconuts, timber, beef, chickens, shrimp, corn, potatoes, rice, soybeans, and sugar cane. In 2000/2001 (April to March), there were 1,600 domestic rice producers who planted 71,000 hectares and harvested 64,000 hectares (7,000 hectares were lost to dry weather). Total production was 285,091 metric tons, rough basis in 2000/2001, compared to 269,500 tons in 1999/2000. These figures include only mechanized production and that some small volume is produced by traditional labor.