Between 1880 and 1881 the French engineer Fernando Lesseps undertook the construction of the Panama Canal, to link the Pacific with the Atlantic Ocean.
It was November 1906. The then U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt was photographed, while maneuvering the controls of a giant steam shovel, while inspecting the construction of the Panama Canal. Roosevelt wore a Panama hat beautiful. The picture appeared in every newspaper and the hat became fashionable! Everyone wanted a Panama hat… Like Roosevelt’s hat!
But to our misfortune, the hat’s identity was confused. They called “Panama Hat“, ignoring it was Made in Ecuador.
When Theodore Roosevelt visited the Canal used the hat, which increased its popularity. People are arriving in large quantities to Panama spread the use of Ecuadorian hat as the most suitable climatic conditions and the type of jobs in that place. Glorified during the XIX century, the Panama has since been considered prince of straw hats.