110-B Front Street and Panama R.R. yard - Colon -1907
Hallen, Ernest ( Photographer )
Graham, Dusty; Lafferty, Ann ( donor )
Gelatin silver print
Subjects / Keywords:
Colón (Panama) Panamá R.R. Yard Panamá 1907 Shopping Strip Chinese in Panama Canal Chinese Shop Colón, Panama
View of men walking along a shop-lined street. Lam and Lee Chinese & Japanese Bazar and L. Maduro Jr. Photographic Studio seen in foreground.
View of a shopping strip on the Colón, Panama R.R. Yard. Men on carriages and on foot travelling along the shopping strip, there is a clear view of a Chinese and Japanese Bazar in the foreground of the photo, train cars parked on the R.R. Yard depict a heavily trafficked area in the city of Colón. Official government photo taken by Maduro Photography. The city of Colón in Panama is the largest city in Panama with access to a port, which makes it a profitable city due to the commercial advantages of its location. Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama Railroad (http://www.coloncity.com/). The Chinese and Japanese Bazar shown in the picture provides a glimpse into the diversity that existed in the Panama Canal during its construction. Chinese workers came from the Caribbean to work just as their Jamaican and Trinidadian counterparts did during the French construction of the Canal and during the United States’ construction of the Canal (The Atlanta Constitution).
The selected photograph depicts an important side to the construction of the Panama Canal because it offers a visual view of the diversity that existed before, during, and after the construction of the Panama Canal.
Research and additional metadata (metadata is the citation information, including the alternate title, abstract, subject terms, abstract, added notes, and other item information) written and contributed in May 2014 by Francis Urroz and o Kayli Smendec for course: “Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean” (Spring 2014, taught by Leah Rosenberg at the University of Florida).
University of Florida
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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