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Panama
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1. Historical and Social Context

The first signs of human settlement on the land mass now called Panama (whose indigenous name means “abundance of fish”) are thought to be 10,000 years old. Panama’s modern history began in 1501, when Spaniard Rodrigo de Bastidas sailed along its Caribbean coast. One year later Christopher Columbus visited the sam…

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McClure, Garry D., “Panama”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.11>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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