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is a small country in Central America that has
worldwide importance as a transportation center. It covers the Isthmus of
Panama, a narrow strip of land that separates the Atlantic and Pacific oceans
near the middle of the Western Hemisphere. The
Panama Canal cuts through the isthmus,
connecting the two oceans. Panama
lies at the southern end of North America. It
and the land north of it to Mexico’s
southern border make up the part of the North America continent called Central America. Panama is a narrow country that
curves from west to east. The Atlantic Ocean lies to the north, the Pacific
Ocean to the south, Colombia
to the east, and Costa Rica
to the west. Indians were the first inhabitants of what is now Panama.
Spaniards conquered the Indians during the 1500’s and rules Panama for
about 300 years. In 1821, Panama
broke away from Spain
and became a province of the nation of Colombia. In 1903, it rebelled
and became an independent nation. The United States
played a major role in Panama’s
history. It built the Panama Canal, which
completed in 1914.
85 percent of Panama's
people are Roman Catholics. Most of the rest of the people are Protestants. The
Catholic Church plays an important role in Panama. Church services and
celebrations are both religious and social events for many of the people.
2nd National Philatelic and Numismatic
(Thanks to Lou for the scan)
St. Ignatius of Loyla 500th
Inside #786B: Panama #C119O
in 1991 marked the 5th centenary of Ignatius' birth with single stamp showing
his image, and with a souvenir sheet of two stamps one showing his seal as
general shining above Panama, which commemorate in a general way the work of
the Society of Jesus in that country, the other a stamp on stamp recalling the
University of St. Xavier.
Royal Pontifical University of St. Xavier has one of its old buildings pictured
on this 1949 PANAMA
airmail stamp (Scott C119) which marks the 200th anniversary of the university.
While the Jesuits had run primary and second schools in old Panama City for
almost 180 years (until it was burned to the ground with the rest of the city
by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671), the founding of a university in 1749 was
made possible through the generosity of Canon Francisco Javier Luna de Victoria
y Castro, later Bishop of Panama and Archbishop of Trujillo, Peru (pictures
above on a regular stamp of the same issue and an imperforate pair. The
university ceased operations in 1767 when the Jesuits were expelled, but can be
said to live on in the present day University
of Panama. The airmail
stamp reappears on another stamp of PANAMA issued in 1991 to mark the
5th centenary of Ignatius' birth.
20th Anniversary, Torrijos-Carter Panama Canal Treaties
Inside #843: Panama #588 a-cO
imperforate and no separating perfs
Inside #843: Panama #588a-cO
no separating perfs
Thanks to Gaston Barrette and Lou Guadagno
18th UPAEP Congress 2000
issued a stamp featuring two earlier stamps showing the isthmus of Panama. On
the left is the 50¢ map stamp issued by the United States of Colombia for the
Department of Panama in 1878. On the right is the 1¢ stamp first issued in
1892. The stamp show is overprinted vertically on the left in black with the
words "Republica de Panama."
stamp is dated 2000, and was issued to mark the 18th Congress of the Union
Postal de las Américas.
España y Portugal.
#4O (or #7O)
(Thanks to Lou for the scan)
#51O variety (vertical
Scan of Horizontal overprint
(Thanks to Attilio Papio for the scan)
Best website related:
The Mary page
Postal History of Canal Zone
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