Dating and marriage in colonial times
The walled city survives as the Casco Viejo, and the areas adjacent to it are now densely populated slums.Because the former Canal Zone abuts the old city on the north and west, the growing population was forced to fan out along the bay to the north and east. The country is a natural land bridge connecting the South American continent with Central America.
From 1568 to 1671 there was series of pirate raids, and in 1671 Panama City was sacked by buccaneers under the command of Sir Henry Morgan.
The government is transferring that housing to private owners but is committed by treaty to conserve the natural rainforest areas of the former Zone to prevent the canal from silting.
A few neighborhoods of upper-class walled villas have appeared.
In 1977, after lengthy negotiations, President Jimmy Carter signed a treaty that abolished the Canal Zone as a colonial enclave, arranged for Panamanian ownership of the canal in the year 2000, and provided for the closing of American military bases.
In 1925, the United States intervened in a revolt by Kuna Indians on the northeast Atlantic coast and established a tribal reserve. In the 1930s, the United States' military hired Kuna laborers to work at army bases.