Panama's destiny has been shaped by its geographic location at the crossroads of international trade. Lacking mineral wealth or extensive arable lands, the country has prospered or declined based on the use made by others of the country's major resource-the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is a potent symbol of Panamanian identity, a reminder of Panama's lengthy colonial history, and an important generator of income for the modem Panamanian nation.
Gonzalez, Carmen G.
"Environmental Impact Assessment in Post-Colonial Societies: Reflections on the Proposed Expansion of the Panama Canal,"
Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy: Vol. 4
, Article 7.
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