The Inter-American Highway, Panama City, Panama

The Inter-American Highway is the “Central America” section of the longer Pan-American Highway and extends from Mexico to Panama City for a total of 3,355 miles (5,400 km). Its genesis began in the early 1940s and was the brainchild of the American government as a precautionary measure with the onset of World War II. The United States owned and managed the Panama Canal and the Panama Railroad and once again partnered with the Panamanian Government for a section of the Inter-American Highway to help establish a more direct route from the United States to Panama.