The history of this city could well be organized into three pillars: firstly, the birth of Panama La Vieja (Old Panama), then what is known as the Old Area of the city and, finally, the modern city as it appears nowadays.
The Panama Isthmus was discovered in 1501 by the Spanish conqueror Don Rodrigo de Bastidas and his partner, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, who discover some time later the Pacific Ocean.
Panama La Vieja was the name given to the city founded on the 15th August 1519 by Pedro Arias Dávila. This was the first city of the Pacific Ocean founded by Spanish people.
Main streets and quiet ones, Royal houses for authorities, the Casa de los Genoveses where slaves were sold, the Town Council and the Cathedral were some of the main features of such city.
The Casco Antiguo (old area of the city) was what remained after the whole city, including religious buildings, squares and main streets, had to be moved in 1673.
It was between both cities that the current Panama city was founded, with its variety and its history and changes.
Suddenly, large buildings, shopping centers, and avenues began to appear. Finally, modernism reached the city.
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