Basically, Panama is as far south as you can go without being in South America. It’s that tiny, but majorly significant, piece of land connecting the continents of North and South America. It
was “discovered,” explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th Century. From that time onward, its value as a truncated route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans has given Panama a special role on the World stage. Now famous for the 100 year old shipping canal that bares its name, Panama is still in the spotlight.