Panama, officially called the Republic of Panama, is a country usually considered to be entirely in North America or Central America. It is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia (in South America) to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City.
Panama was a Spanish colony from the 16th century and broke away from it in 1821. With the backing of the United States, the Panama Canal was 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.
These rare black and white snapshots were taken in Panama to document everyday life from 1940 to 1945.
|Women on a street in Panama, 1945|
|Young girl in Chiriquí, Panama, 1941|
|Young girl playing guitar on a motorcycle on a street in Panama, 1940-42|
|A 20-year-old Panamanian girl in Guarare, 1941|
|A 1941-42 Chevrolet navy bus, Panama, 1945|
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