Government- Panama's government is run by a Constitutional Democracy. Like the United States, the government is divided into three separate branches; the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Representation is split evenly amongst the nine provinces of Panama. The country is currently led by President Ricardo Martinelli of the Democratic Change party. Despite Panama's history of corrupt leaders and officials, the country has maintained a stable, fair government in recent years.
Map of Latin America, Central America: Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Panama, Haiti, Jamaica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua. South America: Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, French Guiana, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Guyana.
The city was founded on the western end of a treacherously marshy islet known as Manzanillo Island. As part of the construction of the Panama Railroad, the island was connected to the Panamanian mainland by a causeway and part of the island was drained to allow the erection of permanent buildings.
Incredible pictures that show the construction of the Panama Canal in 1881