Vicente Alvarez in a Boat

ID: SIA2009-4256 or Wetmore 6009

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: January 6, 1956

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Alexander Wetmore Papers, Record Unit 7006, Box: 183, Folder: Album Panama and Coiba, 1956

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Summary

  • Vicente Alvarez (right) and an unidentified man on board a crash boat near Coiba Island, on January 6. 1956. Alvarez was a member of Wetmore's scientific exploration in the region. Both men are seated and looking toward the left of the image. Only water is visible in the background.
  • The image was taken by Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist Alexander Wetmore while on a scientific expedition in Panama and to Coiba Island and is contained in a photo album prepared by Wetmore.
  • From 1919 to 1991, Coiba Island was a penal colony. Fear of the prison and its inmates deterred visitors from the island. As such, about 80% of the natural areas on the island remain undisturbed. The island is also host to many endemic species. Both of these factors made the island ideal for Wetmore's scientific expedition. The officers and convicts pictured in Wetmore's images from the expedition were part of the penal colony. Some even worked as laborers for the expedition. Today, the island is no longer a penal colony. Instead, it is one of 38 islands composing Coiba National Park, a World Heritage Site.

Author

Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Subject

Alvarez, Vicente

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • Image contained in a photo album prepared by Alexander Wetmore of his trip to Panama and Coiba Island. Wetmore Neg. # 6009. For more images of Vicente Alvarez, see negative numbers SIA2009-4259, SIA2009-4260, SIA2009-4272, SIA2009-4285, SIA2009-4286, and SIA2009-4290.
  • The geographic location that can be accessed through the map is an estimation of the historical geographic location.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Alexander Wetmore Papers, Record Unit 7006, Box: 183, Folder: Album Panama and Coiba, 1956

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

January 6, 1956

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Topic

  • Field work
  • Field trips
  • Birds
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Natural areas
  • Boats and boating
  • Ornithology--Field work
  • Ornithology
  • Panamanians

Place

  • Panama
  • Veraguas
  • Coiba Island
  • Coiba Island (Panama)
  • Montijo District

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

SIA2009-4256 or Wetmore 6009

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 4.5w x 4.5h; Type of Image: Group, Candid; Medium: Photographic print

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