Quedan muchas interrogantes por despejar, por ejemplo, Fernandez de Oviedo, uno de los pocos cronistas que estuvo en el Istmo, narra que Balboa encontro poblado no solo el Darien, sino las islas del archipielago de Las Perlas
y gran parte de la costa hacia el occidente, hasta lo que hoy es la ciudad de Panama.
Fish and Wildlife Service,(1) was detailed to Panama at the request of that Government to determine the cause of a rapid decline since about 1925 in the abundance of pearl oysters around the Archipielago de las Perlas in the Gulf of Panama (Fig.
Nothing has been written about the oyster fishery in the Archipielago de las Perlas since Galtsoff's 1948 survey.
Galtsoff (1950) stated that around the Archipielago de las Perlas the pearl oysters were found from wading zones to depths of about 22 m, but not exceeding 36 m.
For example, Mosk (1938) stated that in 1543 one Martin Alonso carried to Spain gems valued at 9,000 ducats (gold or silver coins), and that the largest pearl of the lot was from the Archipielago de las Perlas.
In the early 1900's, the pearl oyster fishery along the Pacific coast of Panama was well developed; it provided a steady livelihood to a number of communities on the Archipielago de las Perlas and in the Gulf of Chiriqui, especially around Coiba and other islands.
Galtsoff (1950) stated that the income derived from the pearl fishery had been substantial in the various small communities in the Archipielago de las Perlas, where people engaged primarily in fishing.