Panama. Wednesday, January 26 th , 2011. Geography: IN: What 2 oceans does Panama separate ? Why does it have an important location?.
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Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 • Geography: • IN: What 2 oceans does Panama separate? • Why does it have an important location?
Content Objective: Students will locate physical and human features on a thematic map of Panama and evaluate implications for society by categorizing the features into positive, negative, or neither.
Physical Characteristics: • Mountains, rivers, lakes, rain forest, farmland, islands, and coasts from oceans on 2 sides. • Highest Mountain= 11,400 ft • Rain Forest= 2nd largest in Western Hemisphere outside of Amazonian Basin (Brazil)
Climate: • Warm (65F-85F most of year) • Humid (air= very wet) • Atlantic side= 2x as much rain as on Pacific side.
Panama: Country Profile Mestizo 58%, Mulatto 14% Native American 6.7% White 8.6% Asian 5.5% other 7.1% • Population: 3,405,813 • Capital: Panama (City)
Human Characteristics: • Language: Spanish (official) • Religion: 80% Roman Catholic • History: Pre 1500’s Panama was ruled by various Native America groups. • 1538–1821. Panama= Spanish colony • 1821 Panama rebelled from Spain, and was a part of Colombia. • -1903 Panama got independence from Colombia with the help of the USA. • -But USA demanded ownership of 10 mile wide strip of land from Atlantic to Pacific.
Think-Pair-Share- Predict • For what will the USA use this 10 mile wide zone of land from the Atlantic to the Pacific?
1904- 1914 Canal= built by USA • Many died building the canal: • 5,600 during the USA construction • Also 29,000 during a previous French construction attempt • Most died from disease (Malaria and Yellow fever- both transmitted by Mosquito) • Workers brought from: • Africa, Asia, Europe, and United States.
Think-Pair-Share • Looking back at the diversity of Panama’s population, how much was caused by the building of the Panama Canal? Mestizo 58%, Mulatto 14% Native American 6.7% White 8.6% Asian 5.5% other 7.1%
Other Human Characteristics: • Music: Reggae en Espanol(1970s) which led to Reggaeton • Sports: Baseball BaseballBaseball! –Mariano Rivera • Food: Corn, seafood, tropical fruits
Economic/ Business • The Canal Today • 14,702 vessels (ships) used it in 2008 • For each vessel, Panama collects a toll. • Canal earns $4.5 billion/yr • Also, Adventure Tourism
OUT: Make a TT chart. Categorize the features on your map into the 3 columns above, then write a paragraph explaining why.