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Built by the United States over a 30-year period, the strategically located Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. On January 1, 2000, Panama regained sovereignty over it, 85 years after its inauguration. Before that, the area around the canal had been an American colony: about 1,400 square kilometers, nicknamed “La Zona”. Since the handover to Panama, most Americans have left this narrow strip of land. Our reporters Laurence Cuvillier and Matthieu Comin met those who have stayed and maintained American traditions but with bitter memories for some Panamanians.
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