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The U.S. Hands Control of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1999

Today in Latin American history, the United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1999. continue reading »

Panama Canal Opens to Traffic in 1914

Today in Latin American history, the Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon in 1914. The building of the canal was completed in 1914, 401 years after Panama was first crossed by Vasco Núñez de Balboa. continue reading »

Panama Awaits Former Dictator Manual Noriega’s Return, Some Twenty Years Later

Panama is awaiting the arrival Sunday of former strongman Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, who was extradited from France and will be taken immediately to prison to serve the sentences handed down to him on various convictions. continue reading »