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Panama History Timeline

Important people, dates and events in Panama
The Cuna, Choco and Guaymi
The Spanish settlers
Panama splits from Colombia and becomes independent
Opening of the Panama Canal

Panama History Timeline

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Columbus sails on his fourth and last voyage to the New World (Honduras and Panama)



Spanish explorer Rodrigo de Bastidas visits Panama, which was home to Cuna, Choco, Guaymi and other indigenous peoples



Beginnings of slave trade to New World



September 25: Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Spanish explorer, crossed the Isthmus of Panama and claimed the Pacific Ocean for Spain
He was named governor of Panama and the Pacific by King Ferdinand



1,500 Spanish settlers go to Panama



Panama becomes Spanish Vice-royalty of New Andalucia (later New Granada)



First slave revolt in America occurs in Hispaniola



Two million Indians die in South America of typhoid fever



Overthrow of the king of Spain by Napoleon



Panama becomes independent of Spain
Panama joins the confederacy of Gran Colombia which consists of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia



Panama becomes part of Colombia following the collapse of Gran Colombia



The building of the Panama Railway which is the first Transcontinental railway of the New World crossing the isthmus from Colon to Panama City



France makes a failed attempt to build a Canal to link the Atlantic and Pacific



November 3 - Panama splits from Colombia and becomes fully independent
US buys rights to build Panama Canal and controls the waterway for nearly a century



15 August Official opening of the Panama Canal a massive achievement - the Panama Canal is 65 km ( 40 miles ) in length



Panama ceases to be a US protectorate



1 January Control of the canal passes from USA to Panama by the Torrijos-Carter treaty

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