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Panama is a long stretched country on the southern end of Central America.
The Panama Canal is its landmark feature and its tolls provide a main chunk of Panama's annual revenues.
Lately banking, financial and tourism industries add to the economy, which is one of the fastest growing in the region.
 
Little is know about the Paleo Indians that lived here 15.000 years ago. Pottery of the Monagrillo culture dates back 4000 year.
 
In 1501 the first Spanish explorers arrived. A year later Columbus himself visited the area.
Panama city was founded in 1519 and became a major link in bringing the looted Inca gold from Peru to Spain.
 
Panama gained independence in 1821.
 
We spent a couple of days in Panama in January 2007 to see old Panama City, do the Panama Canal and explore wildlife on Gatun Lake.
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Gatun Lake
Panama Viejo
Panama Canal