Main, Street, La Central Colonia Penal, Coiba Island

ID: SIA2010-0503 and Wetmore # 6024

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: January 9, 1956

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

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Summary

View of Main Street in La Central Colonia Penal, Coiba Island, Panama. Coiba Island is off the southwest coast of Panama that served as a penal colony at the time. The image was taken by Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore while on a scientific expedition in Panama to Coiba Island, while completing field work for his four volume work, The Birds of Panama.

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Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • From 1919 to 1991, Coiba Island, Panama, was a penal colony. Fear of the prison and its inmates deterred visitors from the island. Thus some 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 Island National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • See Alexander Wetmore Papers for the original negative # 6024.

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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 9, 1956

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Topic

  • Correctional institutions
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Landscapes
  • Architecture
  • Reformatories
  • School field trips
  • Streets
  • Islands
  • Penal colonies
  • Buildings--Panama
  • Field trips

Place

  • Panama
  • Coiba Island (Panama)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape

ID Number

SIA2010-0503 and Wetmore # 6024

Physical description

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

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