Dating customs in panama
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".
The new settlement replaced Santa María La Antigua del Darién, which had lost its function within the Crown's global plan after the Spanish exploitation of the riches in the Pacific began.
Blending all of the above together, Panamanians believe in general that the word Panama means "abundance of fish, trees and butterflies".
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.
The indigenous peoples had no acquired immunity to diseases which had been chronic in Eurasian populations for centuries.
Rodrigo de Bastidas sailed westward from Venezuela in 1501 in search of gold, and became the first European to explore the isthmus of Panama.
Some believe that the country was named after a commonly found species of tree (Sterculia apetala, the Panama tree).
Others believe that the first settlers arrived in Panama in August, when butterflies abound, and that the name means "many butterflies" in an indigenous language.