According to the Random History website, Latin America is named for the Latin language, which is the origin of the languages spoken in that area. The dominant languages in Latin America are Spanish and Portuguese, which descend from Latin.
A:Volcan, Panama, is a small mountain village in the Chiriqui province in western Panama, near the Costa Rican border. As of 2014, it has come to be regarded as an inexpensive haven for expatriates and tourists looking for an out-of-the-way destination.
A:Hispanic countries include Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Puerto Rico. The United States Census Bureau uses the word "Hispanic" for people of "Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South (except for Brazil) or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race."
A:The national bird of Guatemala is the resplendent quetzal, which is also known as the Guatemalan quetzal. The bird is sacred throughout Central America, and ancient Aztecs and Mayans wore the feathers of the birds during ceremonies. Guatemalan currency is also named for the bird.
A:As of 2014. the top five Panamanian exports are refined petroleum, passenger and cargo ships, packaged medicaments, bananas and special-purpose ships. While not the largest provider of coffee and sugar exports, the quality of Panama exports of these items is held in high esteem. The top five recipients of these exports are Ecuador, South Korea, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the United States.
A:According to PanCanal, it is possible that upwards of 22,000 people died building the Panama Canal. According to hospital records, 5,609 died of diseases and accidents and of these, 4,500 were West Indian workers.
A:Panama is located in Central America between Colombia and Costa Rica. It is bordered on the north by the Caribbean Sea and on the south by the North Pacific Ocean, and forms a land bridge between North America and South America.
A:Three famous landmarks of Costa Rica are Corcovado National Park, Palo Verde National Park and Barra Honda Caverns. In addition, Arenal Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano National Park and Lankester Botanical Gardens attract tourists.
A:As of 2014, there are three sets of locks in the Panama Canal: the three-chambered Gatun Locks, the one-chambered Pedro Miguel Locks and the two-chambered Miraflores Locks. Each lock is built double to accommodate two independent transit lanes.
A:People who reside in Panama are called Panamanians. Ethnically, most people are considered mestizo, or Spanish and Indian. The area is home to seven distinct indigenous groups as well, including the Embera, Waounan, Kuna, Bugle, Ngobe, Terribe and Nassau peoples.
A:The Tropic of Cancer lies at 23.5 degrees north of the equator and includes the countries of Mexico, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, India, and southern China, as well as the Bahamas. The Tropic of Cancer is mirrored by the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees south of the equator.
A:Panama is a tropical country with rain forests and swamps, and because it has the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, it has mountains and sharp cliffs running alongside it. Though Panama is only 77,082 square miles (just smaller than South Carolina), it contains almost 500 rivers flowing across the length of the country.
A:The capital city of Honduras is Tegucigalpa. Tegucigalpa became the capital on October 30, 1880 during the period in which Marco Aurelio Soto served as the nation's president. The nearby city of Comayagüela was also chosen to join with Tegucigalpa as the Central District of Honduras.
A:Some of the poorest countries in Central America include Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. According to Forbes, as of December 2013, Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the entire Western Hemisphere after Haiti.
A:As of 2014, six countries in Central America have Spanish as their official language: Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. While Belize does have a Spanish-speaking population, its official language is English, making it the only country in Central America without Spanish as the official language.
A:According to the official Costa Rica tourism site, Costa Rica is famous for many things, such as plants and animals, exotic locations, the surrounding ocean life, adventure tours and the culture. Costa Rica is especially famous for a multitude of tourist and travel options, from rain forest excursions to deep-sea diving.