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Buy and Download Description In their relations with the United States, Panama and Cuba have long shared a number of similarities. Geographically, both are small nations close to US shores. Cuba is roughly the size of Pennsylvania and, famously, 90 miles from the Florida Keys, while Panama is farther away and smaller (slightly smaller than South Carolina). Strategically, both have been crucial to the defense of the Caribbean: Cuba, by hugging the Windward Passage, and the Isthmus of Panama, by providing a hub of transportation not only after the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 but also prior to then, by offering the quickest way between the oceans by canoe, mule, and train. Finally, they both have also been the target of significant US economic penetration: Cuba on the eve of its Revolution in 1959, wrote Louis Pérez, Jr., "operated almost entirely within the framework of the economic system of the United States"; in Panama, meanwhile, although US dollars were not as numerous as they were in Cuba, they dominated a smaller economy, so much so that one scholar concluded that Panama in the mid-twentieth century was the most US-dependent country in the world.1 In their relations with the United States, Panama and Cuba have long shared a number of similarities. Geographically, both are small nations close to US shores. Cuba is roughly the size of Pennsylvania and, famously, 90 miles from the Florida Keys
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