The Wonderful Islands Of San Blas & Some Of Its History

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sailing san blasSan Blas Islands are some of the most overlooked and empty masses of land in the world; which is why they are so unique! When we hear people say “I wish I could live on an island and not have to be bothered” the only thing that comes to mind are the San Blas Island! As you’ve learned in past blog posts, San Blas Islands are sandwiched between two of the most beautiful Latin countries on the planet. Panama; which has a long and full of afro-latin heritage/culture, and then Colombia which is known for the gorgeous beaches, women, and of course the food!

Let’s get back to San Blas and the history of this fantastic region of 366 islands. The islands were inhabited about 500 years ago after the Kuna tribe migrated from the Darian Gap to make their trading with neighboring islands easier. The Kuna have been in this region for a while and have made this region theirs, from the culture, agriculture methods, to the clothes they wear, this land has been proven to be their’s outright!

Now onto some other fun facts about the islands; When Panama became an independent country in 1903 Panama petitioned to take the San Blas Islands along with them, but San Blas said “NO”! Along with that no came a ban on any tourists, no scientists and outsiders period.

In about the 1940’s the Kuna finally began to open the borders, and the first tourist was a scientist, mostly anthropologists, archeologists and other types of scientist were flocking to the islands. But after all these years the Kuna Gov’t still keeps tight control over the land and keep a hawk-like surveillance over the citizens of this glorious island. How can you blame them, after all this is heaven on Earth!

sailing san blasSan Blas Islands are some of the most overlooked and empty masses of land in the world; which is why they are so unique! When we hear people say “I wish I could live on an island and not have to be bothered” the only thing that comes to mind are the San Blas Island! As you’ve learned in past blog posts, San Blas Islands are sandwiched between two of the most beautiful Latin countries on the planet. Panama; which has a long and full of afro-latin heritage/culture, and then Colombia which is known for the gorgeous beaches, women, and of course the food!

Let’s get back to San Blas and the history of this fantastic region of 366 islands. The islands were inhabited about 500 years ago after the Kuna tribe migrated from the Darian Gap to make their trading with neighboring islands easier. The Kuna have been in this region for a while and have made this region theirs, from the culture, agriculture methods, to the clothes they wear, this land has been proven to be their’s outright!

Now onto some other fun facts about the islands; When Panama became an independent country in 1903 Panama petitioned to take the San Blas Islands along with them, but San Blas said “NO”! Along with that no came a ban on any tourists, no scientists and outsiders period.

In about the 1940’s the Kuna finally began to open the borders, and the first tourist was a scientist, mostly anthropologists, archeologists and other types of scientist were flocking to the islands. But after all these years the Kuna Gov’t still keeps tight control over the land and keep a hawk-like surveillance over the citizens of this glorious island. How can you blame them, after all this is heaven on Earth!

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