Category Archives: American Canal

The Panama Canal completed by the US federal government. Construction period 1904-1914.

White Gold, W.B. Garvey’s Jewel


With Christmas around the corner, we wanted to give W.B. Garvey’s remarkable new novel the review it truly deserves especially for those of you who are looking to treat yourselves, or those important people on your holiday gift list, to a literary feast. Continue reading

The Treatment of the Mentally Insane in the Panama Canal Zone

Ancon Hospital circa 1920.

Continuing our series on the hospital history of the Panama Canal Zone, we’ll take a look at how the entire issue of the mentally ill was approached by the administrators of the Canal, both French and American. Continue reading

Silver People Memorial Day 2010

The words of Colonel George W. Goethals in 1907 before a gathering of visiting Congressmen- "I now consider that I am commanding the army of Panama and that the enemy we are going to combat is the Culebra Cut and the locks and dams at both ends of the Canal." In the image of Mount Hope Cemetery above we have physical evidence of the hundreds of Westindian workers who died during the construction of the Canal but, buried under the waters of the Canal are hundreds, perhaps thousands more, unnamed heroes.

For today’s United States Memorial Day observance we want to especially remember our Silver People Heritage. Furthermore, our prayers and our eternal voice and votes go towards envisioning a better future for all our future generation of descendants of the Westindian Diaspora of Silver People of the Republic of Panama. Continue reading

The Silver and Gold Roll on the Panama Canal Zone

Image: A Pay Car in Colon on payday for “Silver Workers 1910.

The appellative “Silver” comes from the Gold and Silver Roll system implemented by the American administrators of the Canal Zone in 1904 and enforced by the American government from the very beginning of what is historically known as the American Construction Era of the Panama Canal Zone which spanned the years 1904-1914.

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