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Traveling Tales
Coffeebeans by Steve Spangler
Coffeebeans by Steve Spangler
Flowers by Steve Spangler
Flowers by Steve Spangler
There is no road so smooth that it has no rough spots.
-Panamanian Proverb

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Panama:
Two Peace Corps Volunteers Return to Panama by Bud Keith, Steve Spangler


Region Overview
Central America is the southernmost part of North America with a land mass of approximately 202,200 square miles. Extending from Southern Mexico to Panama, the region's seven countries seperate the Caribbean from the Pacific. Climate ranges from tropical near the coastlines to cool in the moutainous regions.

Population is 138 million with a 2.1% rate of natural increase.

Languages are numerous amoung tribal peoples, but are becoming extinct due to acculturation and adaption of Spanish, the official language.

Economies are mostly agricultural with bananas, coffee and cocoa as the region's chief crops. Diversification is increasing as the industrial and service sectors develop, with substantial activity in gold and silver mining as well as tourism.

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