Work Camp at Playa Blanca, Coiba Island

ID: SIA2009-4284 and Wetmore Negative Number 6099

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: January 28, 1956

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

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Summary

Buildings are at a work camp at Playa Blanca, Coiba Island, Panama.

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • The image was taken by sixth Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist Alexander Wetmore while on a scientific expedition to Panama to Coiba Island.
  • 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.

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 28, 1956

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Topic

  • Scientific expeditions
  • Landscapes
  • Architecture
  • Islands
  • Penal colonies
  • Buildings--Panama

Place

  • Panama
  • Coiba Island (Panama)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape

ID Number

SIA2009-4284 and Wetmore Negative Number 6099

Physical description

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

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