One canal, two countries.
The Panama Canal Zone came into official existence in 1912 upon completion of the Panama Canal. The United States was granted sovereignty over a 1,432 km² tract of Panamanian land, on which it attempted to create a utopian society. What was ideal for some was anything but for a large part of the country where it was installed.
Find the English translation of “The Zone” here. Or check out the Spanish transcript here.
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