Panama Presentation Essay

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Panama Presentation

Joshua Myers
HUM 215
Spring 2005

O Country: Panama
O Capital City: Panama City

O Geographic Location (region): Central America
O Coordinates: 9 00 N 80 00 W
O Boarders with Costa Rica to the West and Columbia to the East. Panama also borders
with the Pacific Ocean to the South and Caribbean Sea to the North.

O Population: 3,039,150 (July 2005 est.)
O Ethnic make-up: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) - 70%; Amerindian and mixed
(West Indian) - 14%; white - 10%; Amerindian 6%

O Education rate: Over one million people (37%) live below the poverty line; over half
a million (12.3%) live in extreme poverty. The difference between rich and poor in Panama
is one of the highest in the world.

O Major History Events XV - XX centuries:

o The earliest known inhabitants of Panama were the Cuevas and the Cocle cultures, but
their numbers were decimated by disease and the sword when the Spanish arrived in the 16th
century. After several forays along the country's Caribbean shore, the Spanish established
a settlement, Nombre de Dios, at the mouth of the Rio Chagres on the Caribbean coast in
1510. Panama's Pacific coast later became the springboard for invasions of Peru, and the
wealth generated by these incursions was carried overland from the Pacific port of Panama
(City) to Nombre de Dios. The transport of wealth attracted pirates, and by the 18th
century the Caribbean was so dangerous that Spanish ships began bypassing Panama and
sailing directly from Peru around Cape Horn to reach Europe.

o Panama went into decline, and became a province of Colombia when the South American
nation received its independence in 1821.

o A French attempt to build a canal in 1880 resulted in the death of 22,000 workers
from malaria and yellow fever and bankruptcy for everyone involved.

o Panama declared independent Nov. 3, 1903, with the full support of the USA. Columbia
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