Railroad worker

The museum itself, which has exhibits about the West Indian community that first established itself here in the middle of the 19th century, is in the old wooden church building.  Over 100,000 West Indian immigrants would come to Panama to work on the canal. Of those recruited the most came from Barbados who sent almost 20,000 people. This was one-tenth of the total population of the island and 30-40% of its adult males! Next was Jamaica which sent over 10,000, most who came in search of opportunity and were not directly recruited by the Canal management.   In the end, many West Indians stayed in the country and added their culture to that of Panama while others returned to the islands or emigrated to the United States.

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  1. 12-21-2012

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