Updating the pab in outlook 2016
In 1517 Don Gaspar de Espinosa, a Spanish lieutenant, decided to settle a post there.
In 1519 Pedrarias Dávila decided to establish the Empire's Pacific city at the site.
Panama was inhabited by several indigenous tribes prior to settlement by the Spanish in the 16th century.
Panama broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela named the Republic of Gran Colombia.
This is the official definition given in social studies textbooks approved by the Ministry of Education in Panama.
However, others believe the word Panama comes from the Kuna word "bannaba" which means "distant" or "far away".
A year later, Christopher Columbus visited the isthmus, and established a short-lived settlement in the Darien.
Archaeological finds and testimonials by early European explorers describe diverse native isthmian groups exhibiting cultural variety and suggesting people developed by regular regional routes of commerce.
These evolved into significant populations best known through their spectacular burials (dating to c.
500–900 AD) at the Monagrillo archaeological site, and their beautiful Gran Coclé style polychrome pottery.
Covering around 40% of its land area, Panama's jungles are home to an abundance of tropical plants and animals – some of them found nowhere else on the planet.
There are several theories about the origin of the name "Panama".