? Puerto Armuelles in Chiriqui Province
Bocas del Toro Province
In the years entering the turn of the XX century pioneer Westindian workmen were, in ever increasing numbers, beginning to make their appearance in the remote areas of the province called Bocas del Toro, known locally to the Westindian people as Bocas. Although they were very distant in the country of Panama Westindian labor would be instrumental in developing these areas, thus opening them up to white settlers from
By the end of the XIX century, then, The Chiriqui Land Company (CLC) was threatened by a drought of laborers in their Divisions in Bocas del Toro and in Limon of Costa Rica. Again, Black laborers from the
The whole question of the preference for West Indian laborers had become a tried and tested fact. For the Costa Rican and Panamanian natives who might have been available for employment as laborers the rigors of working on a banana plantation exempted them from what many were willing to accept. The daily labor in humid weather was hard and dangerous and it kept many of the Spanish speaking citizens away. For the Black Westindian laborers accustomed to hard labor and minimal housing and working conditions, the environment prevalent in the region of Bocas del Toro Province, the work was not only acceptable but attractive at this time for young men hungry for employment.