Panama ( PAN-ə-mah, pan-ə-MAH; Spanish: Panamá IPA: [panaˈma] (listen)), officially the Republic of Panama (Spanish: República de Panamá), is a transcontinental country in Central America and South America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country's 4 million people.
Panama was inhabited by indigenous tribes before Spanish colonists arrived in the 16th century. It broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined the Republic of Gran Colombia, a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela. After Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada eventually became the Republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the construction of the Panama Canal to be completed by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. The 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties led to the transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama on December 31, 1999. The surrounding territory was transferred in 1979.
Revenue from canal tolls continues to represent a significant portion of Panama's GDP, although commerce, banking, and tourism are major and growing sectors. It is regarded as a high-income country. In 2018 Panama ranked 66th in the world in terms of the Human Development Index. In 2018, Panama was ranked seventh-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 and animals – some of them found nowhere else on earth. Panama is a founding member of the United Nations and other international organizations such as OAS, LAIA, G77, WHO, and NAM. (Full article...)
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Rubin-Vega attending the final Broadway performance of Rent
Daphne Rubin-Vega (born November 18, 1969) is a Panamanian-American dancer, singer-songwriter, and actress. She is best known for originating the roles of Mimi Marquez in the Broadway musical Rent and Lucy in the Off-Broadway play Jack Goes Boating.
Daphne also appeared as Bombshell
publicist Agnes in the second season of the TV series Smash
(2012) and as Luisa Lopez in the TV series Katy Keene
(2020). (Full article...
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The following are images from various Panama-related articles on Wikipedia.
A proportional representation of Panama's exports.
Amphibian Pendant, Walters Art Museum
Guna house in Guna Yala, 2007
Panama's location between the Pacific (bottom) and the Caribbean Sea (top).
Arepa de huevo - Arepa with egg.
Construction work on the Culebra Cut, in 1907 photograph.
Ship at the Culebra Cut while transiting the Panama Canal, in 1915 photograph.
American political cartoon, published in 1903
An economic activity map of Panama, 1981.
A Guna woman in Guna Yala
Panama City as seen from the Corredor Sur highway.