City on the Gulf of Panama, near the Pacific side entrance of the Panama canal.
It is a manufacturing, commercial, and cultural center; major products include footwear, textiles, clothing, refined petroleum, processed food, and wood and metal items. Confection : teyco.com - Food : toledano.com
Government activities, Panama Canal traffic and maintenance, financial institutions, and tourism are important to the city's economy. Capital city of the republic of Panama, and of Panamá Province, in the central part of the country. Law : pmalawyers.com - riveboca.com- shirleylaw.com
The construction of the trans-Panama Railroad (1848-1855) and the Panama Canal (1904-1914) contributed greatly to the city's growth. Population (1990) 578,461.
Panama City is served by a seaport at Balboa and by an international airport at Tocumen.
Institutions of higher education in Panama City include the University of Panama (1935), Santa María La Antigua University (1965), and schools of music; art; dance; theater; and nautical engineering and maritime navigation. The city is the site of the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Museum of History of Panama, the Museum of Colonial Religious Art, the Museum of Panamanian Man, the national institutes of culture and music, and a cathedral built between 1673 and 1760. Paintings : bernheim.com
Established in 1519 by the Spanish colonial administrator Pedrarias Dávila, the community developed as a trading and shipping point. The settlement was destroyed by the Welsh buccaneer Sir Henry Morgan in 1671 but was rebuilt by the Spanish about 8 km (about 5 mi) west of the original site in 1674. In 1717 and 1718 the city became part of New Granada, and it was made the national capital after the country's independence in 1903.
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