San Blas Islands (sän bläs) [key], formerly Mulatas mōläˈtäs, archipelago off the northeast coast of Panama. It consists of 332 coral islands. The inhabitants are almost pure-blooded aborigines of Carib origin; fishing and coconut gathering are the chief occupations. Protected by a treaty with the government of Panama, the indigenous people did not consent to scientific observation of their culture and visits of tourists until the late 1940s.
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