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Panama - The Genuine Article

Ecuador’s durable, lightweight, attractive, straw hats are in high demand. They’re great for deflecting the tropical sun of Panama, which is perfect for those long days many are about to spend outdoors in sunny California panning for gold, and they’re even nice to have on a summer day in Philadelphia or Boston. People on their way to the gold fields buy the hats. People returning home from the gold fields buy the hats. And when those customers arrive at their destinations, an people say, “Nice hat. Where’d you get it?” The response is, of course, “Panama.” Ecuador had not put “Made in Ecuador” stickers inside all the hats, so with that detail overlooked, the result is that the hats are called “Panama” hats. Hence Ecuador’s most famous export being called a “Panama” hat.

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