The Hispanic Division has launched a new online guide entitled Reference Guide to Panama Materials at the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/panama/Panama%20Guide.pdf). The guide provides the researcher with a glimpse of the rich variety of Panamanian materials available at the Library.
The Division recently commemorated the anniversary of the independence of Panama from the Republic of Colombia. After Colombia’s independence from Spain in 1821, Panama, which was then part of Gran Colombia, attempted separation on several occasions during the federalist era. A political struggle between the federalists and the centralists arose, and Panama was established as a department under centralism, and then as a sovereign state under federalism. Panama achieved independence on November 3, 1903.
To learn more about Panama, access the Reference Guide or via the Hispanic Division home page and consult the Handbook of Latin American Studies (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/).
The Hispanic Reading Room is a center for the study of cultures and societies of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and other areas where Spanish and Portuguese influence has been significant. We encourage patrons to visit the reading room to seek assistance with the vast Luso-Hispanic collections from reference librarians and area specialists. The reading room is on the second floor of the Jefferson Bldg, LJ-240 and is open M-F, 8:30am to 5:00 pm. Free wireless is available.
Hispanic Divison, Library of Congress