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Coiba Island on the Pacific coast of Veraquas Province, Panama Photo
Coiba Island on the Pacific coast of Veraquas Province
SOURCE: Photo by Alfredo Maiquez, courtesy of Authority of Tourism Panama (all rights reserved), used with permission.

Coiba, the largest island in Central America, is located off the Pacific coast of the Panamanian province of Veraguas.

It was home to the Coiba Cacique Indians until about 1560, when they were conquered by the Spanish and forced into slavery. A penal colony was built on the island in 1919. Due to the pristine nature of the island and its surrounding seas, it was declared a National Park by the Panamanian government in 1992. It was declared a "World Heritage Site" by Unesco in 2005.

As government begins to close the island's penal colony, its population has been reduced from a high of three thousand prisoners, there are now fewer than 100.


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