Panama (i/ˈpænəmɑː/PAN-ə-mah; Spanish:Panamá[panaˈma]), officially called the Republic of Panama (Spanish:República de Panamá), is a country in Central America situated between North and South America. It is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean 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 of the country's 3.9 million people.
Panama was inhabited by several indigenous tribes prior to settlement by the Spanish in the 16th century. Panama broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada remained joined, eventually becoming the Republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the Panama Canal to be built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the total transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama by the end of the 20th century, which culminated on 31 December 1999.
A Panama hat (toquilla straw hat) is a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin. Traditionally, hats were made from the plaited leaves of the Carludovica palmata plant, known locally as the toquilla palm or jipijapa palm, although it is a palm-like plant rather than a true palm.
Panama hats are light-colored, lightweight, and breathable, and often worn as accessories to summer-weight suits, such as those made of linen or silk. Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, panamas began to be associated with the seaside and tropical locales.
The art of weaving the traditional Ecuadorian toquilla hat was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists on 6 December 2012. Panama hat is an Intangible Cultural Heritage, a term used to define practices, traditions, knowledge and skills communities pass down from generation to generation as part of their cultural heritage.
Beginning in the early to mid-1600’s hat weaving evolved as a cottage industry all along the Ecuadorian coast. Hat weaving and wearing grew steadily in Ecuador through the 17th and 18th centuries. Even then, the best quality hats were being made in what is now the province of Manabí.
Straw hats woven in Ecuador, like many other 19th and early 20th century South American goods, were shipped first to the Isthmus of Panama before sailing for their destinations in Asia, the rest of the Americas and Europe, subsequently acquiring a name that reflected their point of international sale, "Panama hats", rather than their place of domestic origin. The term was being used by at least 1834.
The village is named after Panama Rocks, a large rock formation south of the village. Paleozoicfossils are visible in the outcrops. This site has become a tourist attraction, and the owners charge admission at the gate.
The village of Panama was incorporated in 1861.
Among many early settlers was George Hawkins, who purchased Lot 50 in 1825. He was born in 1802 in Oneida County, New York. About 1827 he married Rhoda Powers (born 1806). Together they cleared land to make a living. George died in 1883 and Rhoda in 1900. Rhoda's father was Simeon Powers, who established a Baptist church in the area. George's parents are unknown. Both are buried in Panama Union cemetery under one headstone.
The U.S. Post Office at Panama was established in 1826. That was the first, officially recorded, use of the name "Panama". The traditional story is that Panama got its name from someone who had been across the Isthmus of Panama, and said local rock formations reminded him of Panama's rocks. It is possible that this person was Moses Cushman Marsh, who operated a trading company in Panama, and was Panama's first postmaster. He had previously had a business in Cuba, and he may have been across the Isthmus of Panama.
At the heart of these conversations were the origins of the genre itself, which grew out of marginalized, largely Black communities in Panama and Puerto Rico... The burgeoning sound made its way from the dance halls to Panama's "Diablos Rojos" ("Red Devils"), colorful buses that blared music from large speakers.
Darita Maddox Folsom passed through the pearly gates on August 17, 2021 with her dancing shoes in one hand and her fishing pole in the other. She was born in PanamaCity, FL, on December 28, 1933 to Fenton Maddox and Edythe Cummings Maddox.
Before competitions have even started, people of all ages and genders and cultures gathered in a classroom, vaccines allowing them to hold hands, to dance together and to smile freely, while those who couldn’t make it join via Zoom... Carey sees the world through a choreographer’s eye, translating her experiences through dance.
As Panama’s mobility restrictions eased in January, Enlaces was able to organize more in-person activities, including the contemporary dance programme in which Dayana has taken a leading role. During a visit to Panama this week, UN High Commissioner for RefugeesFilippo Grandi attended a performance by the contemporary dance group.
InfinityDanceConnection is also serious about competition, winning awards such as Best of the Beach in PanamaCity before the pandemic hit, as well as choreography and judges’ choice awards at numerous other events.
... Boy dancers also find a home at Infinity Dance Connection.
She and her two sisters, Joan and GloriaHall, were raised in New York and Panama where they learned to love long rainy seasons and fruit picked ripe off the vine ... She loved singing and sang on a radio show in Panama ... She met the love of her life, Donald Rehm, at Tivoli skating rink in Balboa, Panama where they both enjoyed dancing on roller skates.
PanamaCity, Feb 17 (efe-epa).- Dancers and artists on Wednesday performed on one of the main avenues of Panama City to demand formal recognition of the work of dance, the importance of which they say is historically relegated and even more so in the pandemic.
Less than three years ago Jesse Lingard was dancing on top of the football world ... PA. / ... Lingard evolved from a bit-part player to a central figure of Southgate’s side in Russia, brilliantly cutting up Tunisia then firing a superb long-range effort against Panama which he celebrated by performing a dance from the video game ‘Fortnite’ ... .
"I feel abandoned. I am feeling desperately sorry for myself," he said recently. "Doesn't anyone have any empathy for us?" ... I can't love her enough ... For his 90th birthday, a few years away, he has a deal with a friend to be in Santorini, drinking Johnnie Walker Black Label scotch, smoking cigars and wearing Panama suits while they "dance until dawn." ... .