History of Isla Gorgona

Gorgona was first inhabited by people possibly associated with the Tumaco-Tolita culture. The indigenous Kuna or Cuna of Urabá (Colombia) and San Blas (Panama), have the tradition of being the first settlers of the island. They left archeological remains that are at least 3300 years old. Spanish conquerors first visited Gorgona in 1527 when Francisco Pizarro, in his third expedition to Peru, discovered the island. Pizarro and thirteen of his men remained for seven months on Gorgona waiting for the arrival of provisions.

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