Explored by Columbus in 1502 and by Balboa in 1513, Panama was the principal shipping point to and from South and Central America in colonial days. In 1821, when Central America revolted against Spain, Panama joined Colombia, which had already declared its independence.
Panama gained independence from Colombia on Nov. 3, 1903, with encouragement and military support from the United States. The U.S. then acquired permission to build the Panama Canal and paid $10 million U.S. and an annual fee of $250 000 per year. The Panama Canal, the land it is built on and the area surrounding it is leased to the U.S. and comes under direct United States control.
Officially adopted in 1925, after Panama gained independence from Colombia, the flag of Panama was designed many years before. Maria Ossa de Amador created the first flag of Panama in 1903 from designs created by her son, Manuel Amador Guerrero.
Before the current flag design, the design proposed was similar to the flag of the USA, with thirteen red and yellow stripes, reflecting the nation’s associations with the United States, Spain, and Colombia. In the blue canton in the upper left corner of this design, there were two suns connected in the middle, representing North and South America, to reflect Panama’s location as the link between the continents.
The flag of Panama is divided into four quadrants. The upper left (hoist side) quadrant is white with a blue five-pointed star, and the quadrant below it is solid blue. On the right, the upper quadrant is solid red, and the lower one has a red five-pointed star. The blue and red represent the two major political parties in Panama, the Conservative, and Liberal Parties, while the white symbolizes peace. The blue star symbolizes purity, and the red star symbolizes the new law of the country.
There is a barrage of cheap and inferior Panama flags being imported and sold, that do not comply with the flag statute. This is bad for a number of reasons. Imported flags are cheaply made and more importantly, the designs, materials, colors, and methods of printing do not compare well with the better quality, longer-lasting, and correctly designed flags. The Flag Company Inc specialized in flag designs offered a special edition of decals and flags to memorize the history of Panamanian flag for the future.
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