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Colon, the Forgotten Province

Colon really has the better architectural design despite the neglect.

Colon really has the better architectural design despite the neglect.

Colon Province during the early years of the 1950’s would have comprehended about 4,868.4 sq km and had a population of about 170,000 people of which more than half remained on the left bank of the Canal of Panama, and of the population of the right bank of the Canal we hardly knew anything. The majority of the capital’s population, of course, was West Indian mostly linked to the Silver Roll. Although the City of Colon occupied less than one fifth of the entire area of the province of Colon, the Afro-Caribbean community had always been a huge component and marked the identity of its population. Continue reading

The Winner Receives…A Gold Buckle!

Far from rosy, the economic picture for many Westindian Panamanians during the early 1950’s was often precarious and always overshadowed by the possibility of losing their jobs on the Zone.  Either through Reduction of Force notifications, through being accused of being a communist sympathizer or several other often arbitrary devices used by the Canal administration, the end result was losing one’s job. Continue reading