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J Scott
J Scott

Great pics!  If this is digitized, can you please change the

misspelling... it's   G A  T U N   not GATON

The official 100th Centennial is Aug 12, 2014


J Scott

Al O'Ried
Al O'Ried

Great pictures!

I have to say that the phrase "No one ethnicity was hired in overabundance." from paragraph 2 on the Italian Crew picture couldn't be farthest away from true historical facts. 

It is true many europeans arrived in Panama to work, however most of the labor came from the thousands and thousands of workers from China and the Caribbean. The The european immigration was considerably smaller when compare to those other two ethnicities. 

Fact is, that Panama's mayor ethnic pool after some kind of Spaniard/native mixture, is from those two ethnicities.

I lived in Panama most of my life and historical books there corroborate my statement.

Robert Dillon
Robert Dillon

Dear Johnna,  

Please note that it is Gatun and not Gaton. This include Spanish as well as English. Gatun was my hometown for the first 4 or 5 years of my life, and I lived in the Canal Zone for 24 years (give or take) so I speak with total confidence in this fact. Furthermore, the canal is not 10 miles wide.  It was the Canal Zone (USA) that extended 5 miles either side if the center line of the canal.  An exception to that rule was Gatun Lake, for which the boundary was X number of feet from the shoreline, because the lake (at points) is wider than 5 miles either side of the center line.  Another exception to the 5 mile rule is on the Atlantic side, where Colon, which was Republic of Panama, was inside the 5 miles.  And, on the Pacific Side, Panama City, which was Republic of Panama, was inside the 5 miles.  A big faux pas for National Geographic.  None the less, I would like to see more pictures.  Thanks to the Internet, I know more about the canal and its construction than I ever knew growing up in the Canal Zone.

-       Bob D.


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