What makes panama so special?

Panama is the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise in the Pacific and set in the Atlantic. Panama is the only country in the world where you can see the sun rise in the Pacific Ocean and set in the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the country's highest point, the Barú Volcano. The country is very diverse, with mountains, rainforests, beautiful white sand beaches and 1,500 islands. The Darién Gap, from Panama City to Colombia, has about 12 million acres of rainforest, but few Panamanians or tourists visit the area, which can only be accessed by boat.

The three largest indigenous groups in Panama are the Kunas, Emberás and Ngöbe-Buglés, and they still live in remote areas of the country. The Panama Canal Railroad opened in 1855, more than half a century before the maritime canal was built parallel to the railroad and benefited greatly from its existence. Established in 1923, STRI's first field station was located in a small clearing on Barro Colorado Island, which was formed by filling the main reservoir of the Panama Canal a decade earlier. People began to see these beautiful quality hats in Panama and called them “Panama hats”, ignoring that they came from Ecuador and originated a few centuries before.

In fact, it is so important that it is possibly one of the reasons why Panama is an independent country, since the United States actively supported the separation of Panama from Colombia to gain an advantage in the construction and exploration of the Canal. Panama's modern political and cultural history is more associated with South America than with Central America, but in part because Panama has no land route connecting it to Colombia, the country has also largely forged a cultural and political identity separate from South America. In addition to being the most famous place in Panama, the Canal is an enormous source of income for the Panamanian state and, therefore, is responsible for the country's development. The rise of the Isthmus of Panama, which ended about three million years ago, had impacts that were felt everywhere the world.

The country has been an international crossroads since Europeans discovered that Panama was the fastest route between the Atlantic and the Pacific. As ocean currents changed, the closure of the Isthmus of Panama changed the global climate and perhaps influenced the ice age and the evolution of human beings in Africa. The route extends for almost 80 km and connects Panama City with Colón and links the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean. Panama's first known inhabitants built complex hunting and farming societies, and Panama's numerous indigenous groups now represent more than 10 percent of the country's population, and larger groups administer their own semi-autonomous territories.

They are called the Panama Papers because they were taken from the Panamanian law firm “Mossack Fonseca”.

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