umm...actually there are alot of black people in latin america, not just panama. the spanish imported many more african slaves than the americans and the english. in fact, 37% of the slaves brought here came to brasil, 15% to south america and 41% came to the caribbean. Cuba recieved more slaves than the entire united states. So did Colombia, and at one point Panama was a Colombian province. There were blacks in Panama before the construction of the panama canal, but with the introduction of west indian immigrants, it swelled to where it is today. and the guy who said hispanics are a mix of black and white is mostly correct. Latin America in general is a mix of European, Native American, and African cultures. However, not all latinos are mixed and in certain countries, certain cultural aspects are stronger. African Culture is stronger in Cuba, the Dominican republic, Puerto Rico, and parts of Colombia, Venezuela, and Panama. Native american culture is stronger in Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and in parts of Colombia and Panama, and European culture is strongest in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.
a white latino (100% Argentine)
a black latino (100% dominican)
A Native american latino (paraguayan)
Zambo (Mixed native american and african ancestry)
as you can tell, we come in ALL shades. somebody can be 100% latino and still be black as well, latino isnt a race, its an ethnic category based on whether or not you come from a latin speaking (spanish, portuguese, french, papiamento) country. The guy who played carlton on Fresh Prince, alfonso ribiero, is 100% dominican. Celia Cruz is 100% Cuban