The first landing of the Spaniards on its shore in 1501 marked the Panama history. Little did they know, it was only the beginning of a tale of treasures, collisions among empires, wonderful dreams fulfilled and simple requests unmet. A lot of people said that there is a trace of ancient poetry about this slim strip of land which Mother Nature carved for her intentions during some crises in her struggle with time and change.
Panama history continued when it was founded by Christopher Columbus in his fourth voyage to the New World. It came to be when he was washed by on the eastern coast by strong currents of the Atlantic while Balboa was turning toward the sunset with the calm Pacific flowing past. It is believed that such region is like no other as it has been given a very significant character in global commerce and trade not to mention that it is also blessed with natural tropical beauty.
Among the many explorers from Spain, it was Rodrigo de Bastidas, an affluent notary public from Seville, was the first to arrive in the country’s isthmus where he eventually discovered the islands of San Blas marking another Panama history. From Venezuela, he sailed westward in search for gold before he proceeded to the West Indies.
When Christopher Columbus came back, he was the first one who stepped into the nation’s mainland. Setting another milestone in Panama history, he visited Navy bay that surrounds Manzanilla where the province of Colon is situated. As it showed a very miserable aspect, he did not mind putting up a settlement there so he went on with his voyage to a point fifty miles and made a community which he named Belen. It was here that he left behind Diego, who is his brother, together with about a hundred men. They remained there for some time where it was the launch of the terrible account of slavery and colony as well as the final annihilation of the whole troop by the Indians. At the moment of discovery, they were still very friendly as they were donned on plates of gold around their necks and weighted their fishing mesh with gold chunks.
A member of the Bastidas crew, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa established a small village in Hispaniola, presently known as Dominican Republic and Haiti, but packed away on a journey to the country in 1510 to elude his creditors. It was that instant that about 800 Spaniards were already living there but due to some perils like yellow fever and malaria sickness, it killed about 60 of them. Then those who resided in Antigua del Darien, the pioneering metropolis comprising of Spanish crown, ousted the representative where he together with Martin Zamudio were elected as mayors.