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This chapter examines location and locale on the Pacific Coast. It elaborates on the concept of the aquatic space and its manifestation in the physical environment of a rain forest crisscrossed by intricate river networks and mangrove swamps and in the spatialized social relationships along river basins (settlement patterns, landownership, kinship ties, and transport). These contexts for social interaction are further channeled through the “logic of the river.” This notion frames the flow of life in the Pacific lowlands and the specific forms of spatial mobility organized around river basins.

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