El Hato, Coiba Island

ID: SIA2009-4276 or Wetmore Negative Number 6039

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Landscape

Date: January 11, 1956

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

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Summary

El Hato, Coiba Island on January 11, 1956. In the foreground there is a stream bridged by two tree trunks. There is also a fence with a gate opening into El Hato. There are four buildings. The two middle buildings have metal roofs. The two outer buildings have grass roofs. There are many palm trees in between the fence and the buildings. There is an unidentified man walking just left of the leftmost building in the image. Behind the buildings is a ridge.

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Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • The image was taken by Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist Alexander Wetmore while on a scientific expedition in Panama and Coiba Island. Wetmore Negative Number 6039.
  • 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 assisted the expedition through labor. Today, the island is no longer a penal colony. Instead, it is one of 38 islands composing Coiba National Park, a World Heritage Site.

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 11, 1956

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Topic

  • Landscapes
  • Fences
  • Architecture
  • School field trips
  • Palm trees
  • Islands
  • Penal colonies
  • Panamanians
  • Field trips
  • Buildings--Panama

Place

  • Panama
  • Coiba Island (Panama)

Form/Genre

  • Landscape
  • Exterior
  • Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2009-4276 or Wetmore Negative Number 6039

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 4.75w x 4.5h; Type of Image: Exterior, Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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