Updated: Sep 19, 2022
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Panama or officially the Republic of Panama.
Panama is a transcontinental country in Central America and South America. It is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south.
Reason for Naming the country
The definite origin of the name Panama is unknown.
There are several theories. One states that the country was named after a commonly found species of tree (the Panama tree).
Another states that the first settlers arrived in Panama in August when butterflies are abundant and that the name means "many butterflies" in one or several indigenous Amerindian languages that were spoken in the territory prior to Spanish colonization. The most scientifically corroborated theory by Panamanian linguists, states that the word is a hispanicization of the Kuna language word "bannaba" which means "distant" or "far away".