Historical Dictionary of Panama

Historical Dictionary of Panama

Historical Dictionary of Panama

Historical Dictionary of Panama

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The Historical Dictionary of Panama is a compilation of historical facts and figures, blended with a potpourri of salient facts from various disciplines which, when taken together, are aimed to provide a source book of information on Panama which should be of benefit to any social scientist. The primary objective of the volume is to provide factual information on persons, places, events, geographical and political subdivisions, and some contemporary events and statistics--all pertinent to the Republic of Panama. The research for the publication is based on many years of experience throughout Latin America and particularly upon detailed study during 1969. The latest information possible was gathered on a fact-finding trip to Panama by the authors in June of that year.

No book of this nature can be exhaustive, for the facts pertaining to any one facet of the history of any given nation could fill many volumes. Instead, we have endeavored to cull out materials which we would like to have included, but which, for the sake of relative brevity and corresponding applicability, were judged not worthy of inclusion here.

The arrangement of the entries is alphabetical, with appropriate cross-references for abbreviations, pseudonyms, variant spellings, and acronyms. The list of presidents includes every president who has served the Republic, whether in a regular, temporary, transient, or acting status. Aside from present and past presidents who are still living, the only other contemporary individuals listed are those of outstanding literary, artistic, or diplomatic note.

With the exception of early Spanish colonizers and a few important leaders pertinent to the development of the Republic, the only persons listed are Panamanians.

Geographical entries include all provinces, districts, cabeceras, major or important towns and cities, rivers, lakes, and mountain peaks and volcanoes.

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