Dating and marriage in colonial times
After 1538, it was used as a land route to Spain's South American colonies and a transshipment point for Andean gold.
From 1568 to 1671 there was series of pirate raids, and in 1671 Panama City was sacked by buccaneers under the command of Sir Henry Morgan.
Outside the city walls was a neighborhood of free blacks living in thatched structures.
Farther out were the cattle ranches and farms of the elite, which were staffed by slaves.
The Spanish discovered and conquered Panama between 15.
Together, these two groups constitute 70 percent of the population.
There are four officially recognized Indian ethnic groups (the Kuna, Guaymi or Ngawbe, Embera, and Waunan), which number fewer than 200,000.
The urban elite is primarily Creole, mostly of Spanish descent.
There are also populations of Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Jewish origins.