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Of the four quadrants thus formed, the southwestern has the largest number of settlements; however, the environs of the canal account for most of Panama’s population and commerce.

The country’s highest peak is an inactive volcano, Azuero Peninsula as the Canajagua Massif and in eastern Panama as the Sierra de Jungurudó, Sapo Mountains, and the Majé Mountains.

The principal archipelagoes off the Caribbean coast are those of Bocas del Toro and San Blas. Rivers flowing to the Pacific include the Chiriquí Viejo, Santa María, Chepo, Chucunaque, and Tuira.

During the rainy season the Tuira is navigable for some 40 miles (60 km) and the Chepo for 20 miles (30 km).

However, its economic progress has been hampered periodically by environmental problems and political turmoil.The home of several Native American peoples, such as the Guaymí, Kuna, and Chocó, Panama became the first Spanish colony on the Pacific.Celebrated as “the door to the seas and key to the universe,” it served in the 1530s as the staging point for the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire, and until the 19th century it was a transshipment point for gold and silver destined for Spain.As someone who loves old photos (and Mexico) it seemed only logical that I put together a post like this.So, I scoured the Internet and dug up some of my favorites for your viewing pleasure. I loved the countries and the cultures so much that I figured I was destined to earn my keep south of the border.

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