Panama facts & history in brief
Panama Canal facts & history in brief
Map of Panama
The Panama Canal is a waterway
that cuts across Panama to link
the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
It is one of the greatest engineering
achievements in the world.
The Canal is the most important
single factor in the country's economy.
The Canal was built and was finished
in 1914 to connect the two oceans
and plays a important role in world
About 12,000 ships pass through
the Canal yearly, to avoid a long
trip around South America.
In 1979 a treaty transferred the
control of the canal of the Canal
Zone and in 1999 the whole canal
The transfer of the Canal and the
Panama Canal Zone presents challenges
The Panama Canal Commission, collects
tolls from ships that pass through
The Canal also directly and indirectly
provides jobs for many Panamanians.
The canal's operation and maintenance
requires many technical skills.
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