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.
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.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa. Panama’s 100-Balboa Gold Coin Made History In January 1975, the Franklin Mint announced that it would display the first gold coin minted in the United States for Americans since the removal of the government’s 41-year ban on ownership of modern gold coins. The display highlighted the 1975 100-Balboa of the Republic of Panama, the first gold coin of any nation to be minted in the United States since April, 1933 which could freely be owned by U.S. Citizens.
This site's teaching resources about Central America fit very nicely with Unit 2 (La enseñanza) of the textbook Comunidades: Más allá del aula (Pearson). In particular, Lección 6 talks about how education is influenced by culture. The lack of emphasis on Central America and US relations with that region is a good example of how "educational culture" determines what we do and do not teach/learn.