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1904 – The Gold and Silver Roll System

A 1904 Gold Dollar
Double Eagle, Liberty Head Design
Image thanks to www.wikipedia.com

By now you may be wondering at all my references to the Silver Roll and the Silver People. Established by the Canal authorities in 1904, the Gold and Silver Roll system, the imported version of “Jim Crow,” or the racially segregated system of the United States, became the foundation for Panama Canal Zone society and economy until it was phased out in the 1960’s. Continue reading

The End of the Boom Days in Bocas del Toro

After the big strike of 1918-1919 and the general work stoppages that followed, the Chiriqui Land Company would be forced by political pressure to increase the pay of workers on their plantations. The agreements called for better housing and working conditions which improved the lot of the men somewhat. Continue reading