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The Chiriquí Province[edit]

Panama is located in Central America. It is made of nine Provinces. One of the provinces is called the Chiriquí Province. The Chiriquí Province is located on the western part of Panama, in a warm environment. It is North is the Province of Bocas del Toro. It is South of the Pacific Ocean. It is East of the Province of Veraguas. Costa Rica is on the west side of the province. The Chiriquí Province has an area of 8,653 sq. feet and has a population of 370,000. That makes the province the second most inhabited district in Panama. The Chiriquí Province is made up of Panama ’s most visited sites. Districts such as Alanje, Boquerón, San Pablo, Dolega, Gualaca, San Felix, San Lorenzo, and Remedios are part of the nine districts that make up the Chiriquí Province. A place called Bare is a district that also helps make up the province. Bare is famous because that is the place where the 155th anniversary of the province was celebrated in 2004. There is also a volcano in Panama named after Barú. Barú happens to be the fifth largest city in Panama. The term Chiriquí comes from the Spanish cheriqui . In translation means The Valley of The Moon. On May 26th, 1849, Chiriquí Province was well known to the people of Panama. On this day, the president of the Republic, Martin Torrijos established the Chiriquí area as an official province. The Chiriquí Province was made of nine districts in its beginning alone. The province is expanding as time goes by. Another district that makes up the province would be David. David is the most famous part of Panama ’s Chiriquí Province. It is the capital of the province and it is the third largest city in Panama. Other districts such as Bouquet, Renaciamiento, and Bugaba were later added to the province as well. Today, the Chiriquí Province is made up 13 districts in total. But one of the later added districts has a more significant meaning than the others. That district is Bugaba.

The Discovery made by Columbus[edit]

Bugaba has a significant meaning because it is the place where Columbus settled in. On Columbus’ quest for gold, this being his last quest, he discovered tombs in the district of Bugaba. Before the Spanish arrived to the province, the province was made up of many tribes. These tribes were called guaymies tribes. There were tribes in the mountains. These tribes were the Cothos, Borisques, Dorazques (Dorachos), Utelaes, Bugabaes (Bugaba, their country), Zunes, Dolegas, Chagres, Zaribas, Dures, and others. These tribes would have wedding ceremonies that would be in honor of nature. They worshipped the moon, the sun and the stars. In these ceremonies, they would drink and have fun. Priests and doctors would attend. Female would wear skirts and the men of honor would wear white robes. Only those who went through puberty were allowed to attend the ceremony. The wedding gifts that were presented to the male would be a house that was build by the man’s friends. These are the traditions that the people of these tribes went through. There are only six judges that are in the province that make decisions. These six judges work together on cases that occur in the Chiriquí Province. The Government based its statement to the effect that domestic remedies had been exhausted on the failure of the petitioners to invoke the remedies of unconstitutionality and contentious business falling within the competence of the administrative courts. There are many rules that the courts of Panama go by. To recommend to the government of Panama that it take the necessary measures. There are important attorneys who are responsible for independence of the judicial branch and the corresponding rights and guarantees of the Chiriquí Province. Their names are Guillermo Mosquera Palacios, Nelson Caballero Jiménez, Elzebir Troya de Di Vito, and Rosalinda Ross de González. They were later named the “Circuit Judges”. The province is also located at the back of a famous volcano. This is where the Volcano Barú got its name. Trees that surround the volcano indicate that the volcano is no longer an active volcano. Historians can only say the volcano erupted millions of years ago. It is a known fact that volcano Barú is an approximate 11,000 feet above sea level. That means an average drive up to the volcano would take anyone about 4 hours to reach to the top. Volcano Barú happened to be one of the most visited places in the province. Another well-known place would be called the “ Valley of Flowers and Everlasting Spring”. It is located in the district of Boquete. In Boquete, people of Panama grow oranges, strawberries and coffee. Some people, who have visited the Chiriquí Province, might argue that out of all the places that make up the province, Boquete has the nicest weather. Like other places, Panama has famous animals. They have a famous bird called the Quetzal . The Quetzal is also located in the province. The Quetzal happens to be the national symbol of Guatemala, originally. The entire name for these famous birds is the Resplendent Quetzal. The people of Panama have done their own research on their animal. Its maroon colored breasts can identify the female Quetzal. It has a crimson belly. The male Quetzal has bright tails. With the historical background of Panama and the many activities, it is easy to see why the Chiriquí Province has such a high population of 368,790. As time goes by, the population continues to grow because the tourist who visit the Chiriquí Province, come back to live there after they retire.

Tourist activities[edit]

There are many tourists that visit the Chiriquí Province. Tourists are able to mountain climb, fish for trout, hunt, and bird watch, and whitewater rafting . These activities became popular in the Chiriquí Province after the volcano showed the beautiful view of the waters. Bird watching especially became popular after the famous bird Resplendent Quetzal was found in the forest. The most popular part of the province to enjoy the many activities would be David.


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