Panama is located at the southernmost part of Central America. With a total area of 75,517 sq km, Panama has the biggest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere outside the Amazon Basin.

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What were some economic problems in the 1900's with Teddy Roosevelt and the Panama Canal?

Teddy Roosevelt, Economic Troubles, and the Panama CanalThe main economic problem in the early 1900's were trusts. A trust a combination of firms or corporations for the purpose of reducing competition and controlling prices throughout a business or an industry. By eliminating competition, trusts could charge whatever price they chose. Corporate greed, rather than market demands, determined the price for products. Teddy Roosevelt believed the offending corporations needed to be regulated, not destroyed and thus began the anti-trust movement. Progressives advocated legislation that would break up these trusts, known as "trust busting."

"In 1878 Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French engineer who built the Suez Canal, began to dig a canal across the Isthmus of Panama, which was then part of Colombia. Tropical disease and engineering problems halted construction on the canal, but a French business (the New Panama Canal Company) still held the rights to the project. Roosevelt agreed to pay $40 million for the rights, and he began to negotiate with Colombia for control of the land. He offered $10 million for a fifty-mile strip across the Isthmus. Colombia refused. 'We were dealing with a government of irresponsible bandits,' Roosevelt stormed. 'I was prepared once occupy the Isthmus anyhow, and proceed to dig the canal. But I deemed it likely that there would be a revolution in Panama soon.' Teddy was right. The chief engineer of the New Panama Canal Company organized a local revolt. Roosevelt immediately sent the battleship Nashville and a detachment of marines to Panama to support the new government. Roosevelt ordered army engineers to start digging. Thousands of workers sweated in the malarial heat. They tore up jungles and cut down mountains. Insects thrived in muddy, stagnant pools. 'Mosquitoes get so thick you get a mouthful with every breath,' a worker complained. The mosquitoes also carried yellow fever, and many fell victim to the deadly disease before Dr. William Gorgas found a way to stop it." (Small Planet Communications, The Panama Canal)

How much does it cost to swim the Panama Canal?

The least paid to use the Panama Canal was 36 cents by Richard Halliburton, who in 1928, took ten days to swim from ocean to ocean.

What are the negative effects that occurred panama canal?

one of the negative effects is that over 30,000 people died in the making of the canal because they had fallen into the concrete while helping build it and were not able to be pulled out. :(

How is the Grand Canyon different from the panama canal?

Firstly one is a Canyon the other is a Canal these are two entirely different things. Also the Grand Canyon was made naturally over centuries by the Colorado river eroding stone. The Panama Canal is a man made structure to bridge the Atlantic and pacific oceans for commercial shipping.

What are the operating hours of the Panama Canal?

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While the canal is "always" open, there are certain times of day the major operations occur. The procession of the largest ships starts at each end in the early morning and they go through the locks in a group over about two hours. The public viewing areas at either end should be visited at about 8 AM to see the biggest ships going through the locks one after the other. The closing times of the public viewing areas is different at each end of the canal; make inquiries.

Is same-sex marriage legal in Panama?

No, there is no legal recognition of same-sex unions in Panama, a civil unions bill having been defeated in 2004. In 2014, Panama enacted a law specifically denying recognition to same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

How big is Panama compared with New Zealand?

Panama has a total area of about 78 400km2 and New Zealand almost 268 700km2. Therefore, New Zealand is nearly 3 1/2 times as large as Panama in area.

Why was the panama canal important to the us defense?

It is sometimes necessary to move warships from the Pacific to the Atlantic (or from the Atlantic to the Pacific) in order to respond to threats in different locations in the world, and since military conflicts can develop rapidly, it may be necessary to move the warships quickly, and the trip around the southern tip of South America is tremendously longer, and slower, than the trip through the Panama Canal.

Why is the Panama Canal so important?

The Panama Canal is important because it connected the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, saving sailors about an 8,000 mile journey. So it opened up trade between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

In the old days, Alfred Thayer Mahan believed that a strong navy meant a strong country. Thus we would need two navies, one for the Atlantic and one for the Pacific. However, The canal made it possible to need only one Navy.

It is important for shipping. It saves vast amount of time and money. Without it, ships would have to travel twice the length to get from New York to L.A. A ship traveling from New York to California has to travel about 14,000 miles by going down south of South America. If it goes through the Canal the trip is about around 5-6k miles. Before the Canal there was a railroad but this required unloading and loading a ship on the other side. This would take several days and required shippers to have two ships per trip.

The Panama Canal, built after the United States intervened in the Panamanian Revolution, greatly decreased shipping times from East Coast businesses to their markets in the west like China. The deal struck with Panama, as well as the Hay-Pauncefote treaty, also gave the United States exclusive rights to the fortification of the canal.

The Panama Canal is important to international trade because it's located between the Americas so it makes travel for ships immensely less time consuming and safer. Also it overall shortens distance so it takes less fuel to make the journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean or vice versa.

The Panama Canal provides a shortcut to getting around the American Continents. Without it, ships would have to go south all the way around South America. It speeds up the transport of cargo and passengers between the coasts and getting to Pacific ports. Thus you can travel, by water, from California to Florida, without having to go around South America.

Is there a Hard Rock Cafe in Panama or Costa Rica?

There is a Hard Rock Cafe in Panama and also very soon a new Hard Rock Cafe Hotel in Panama as well.

As far as Costa Rica goes there is no Hard Rock Cafe there yet. Hopefully very soon, they definitely deserve to have at least one!

What geographic factors make Panama's location important?

It is the world's leading supplier of natural gas.

It controls the Panama Canal.

It connects the continents of North and South America.

What languages are spoken in Panama?

Spanish is the official language of Panama, much the same as it is in all of Central America. A large number of Panamanians speak both Spanish and English.

The offical language of Panama is Spanish


Spanish, English, and seven more indigenous languages

  • The main and official Panama language is Spanish, which is widely spoken by most of the people in the country. This Panama language is loved and respected by every citizen and gives them a unique and separate identity.
  • However apart from Spanish, another popular Panama language is English, which is fluently spoken by ~ 15% of the population.
  • English is also one of the chosen mediums of instruction and education in numerous good schools in Panama.



Spanish is the most common language.

What is the capital of Panama?

The capital of Panama is Panama City, or in Spanish "la ciudad de Panamá."Panama City is the capital of Panama.

How do you wait to go through panama canal?

there is a lift system. the boat passes through one gate and the boat is raised up/ lowered (depends on ur direction of travel). the water then fills/drains (depends on ur direction of travel) the area the boat is in until it matches the water levels on the outside of the gate, and the boat is then set free back into the canal to continue moving

Did Woodrow Wilson repeal the Panama Canals Tolls Act?

According to my history textbook, American Pageant:

"In a similarly self-denying vein, Wilson persuaded Congress in early 1914 to repeal the Panama Canal Tolls Act of 1912, which had exempted American coastwise shipping from tolls and thereby provoked sharp protests from injured Britain."

Where is Palankhet?

There is No Place is like Palankhet in india. Actually, Palankhet is fictitious location created by Raja Hindustani Film maker. the Word Palankhet Came from two location's i.e. Palampur in Himachal Pradesh & Rani Khet in Uttrakhand in India.

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Does China own the Panama Canal?

Yes, after President James Carter returned the canal to Panama they leased it to China for 25 years.

When is Panama City Beach Senior Week 2012?

Normally senior week runs for 3 weeks. It starts the week before Memorial day and end 2 weeks after Memorial day.

What where some challenges faced while building the panama canal?

desicion on how to build it wether to have a natural rise of the land or go by sea level(: