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Historic Panama route eyed by Unesco

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Historic Panama route eyed by Unesco


Posted 01/07/2019

The transisthmian route of Panama and the Brazilian colonial city of Paraty are among the 36 candidates from around the world r to become a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Six natural, 28 cultural and two mixed sites could join this week in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, to more than 1,092 sites in 167 countries that already enjoy this title granted by its exceptional universal value.

Among the cultural sites, one step away from being consecrated is the transisthmian colonial route of Panama, which according to Unesco played a central role in the Spanish colonial system in the Americas from the sixteenth century. It was the route taken to transmit gold silver and precious stones to Portobelo for transmission to Spain and later used by prospectors to reach Panama to catch a ship to California during the  19th Century gold rush.

Being part of the prestigious list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization can trigger tourism and provide economic aid for their conversation.



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