2019: The year of Panama’s 500th Anniversary

In August 2019, Panama City will celebrate it’s 500 anniversary. Panama City has an interesting cultural-historical heritage, with powerful influences from Europe, the United States, and the Carribean. A commission has been founded to organize the activities for the 500th anniversary of Panama, known as “Years of the founding of the city of Panama”.  

The city of Panama was founded on August 15, 1519, by the Spaniard Pedro Arias D├ívila, and became the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the continent. During the seventeenth century, in 1671, the English pirate Henry Morgan destroyed the original city of Panama, which resulted in a movement of the Panamanian capital 10 miles further southwest from its original location, nowadays known as ‘Panama Viejo’. 

The anniversary will be celebrated with several events throughout the city. With social, historical and cultural activities such as art and music, Panama aims to bring the community together to emphasize the cultural importance of the 500th-anniversary celebration.

Locations that shouldn’t be missed during the 500th celebration include the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo (and its musea), and Panama Viejo.