The San Blas Archipelago is a chain of tropical isles along the Atlantic coast of the Republic of Panama. Approximately 50 of over 365 of these islands that make up the chain are inhabited. Half of the islands are within sight and easy traveling distance of the mountains and jungle of the mainland. There is no fresh water supply on the San Blas islands leaving the Indians with the daily task of traveling up the rivers of Panama to collect water. The San Blas Reservation was declared an independent state in 1925 and was legally formed in 1938.
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