Posts Tagged ‘Ancon Hill’
After a long struggle with the union of taxi drivers, all taxis in Panama are now painted yellow with a checkered band on both sides of the cars. They look very much like taxis I’ve seen in the city of New York.
Below is a picture of the taxi that drove us to the top of Ancon Hill a couple of months back. It belongs to the father of “The Twisters”. His name is Alcibiades.
Yellow taxis are part of the cambio undertaken by Ricardo Martinelli, the current President of the Republic of Panama. The country is buzzing with cambios on a 24/7 basis.
Amelia Denis de Icaza was instrumental in creating patriotic literary movement which nourished several generations of nationalistic movements which eventually led to the Panama Canal Treaty of September 7, 1977. The Panama Canal was returned to the Republic of Panama on midday December 31, 1999 as a result of the Torrijos-Carter Treaty.
The poem of Ms. Denis de Icaza to Ancon Hill was pivotal in creating the conditions which triggered the return of the Panama Canal to Panamanian hands after 95 years. A statue of this legendary poetess was built on top of Ancon Hill and a street was named after her in the neighborhood of Ancon. Below is a picture of the street with her name.
The town of Balboa, founded by the United States during the construction of the Panama Canal, was named after Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the Spanish conquistador credited with discovering the Pacific Ocean, or South Seas as it was called back then. The name was suggested to the Canal Zone authorities by the Peruvian ambassador to Panama. Prior to being drained, filled and leveled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the hilly area north of Panama City was home to a few subsistence ranches and unused marshlands.
The Port of Balboa was first located at the former La Boca French Port, on the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. The port was refurbished by the Americans at the beginning of the construction of the Canal into a modern facility named Ancon. Later it received its present name—Balboa. Since its inauguration in 1909, it was a vital port for maritime trade on the Pacific because it was the only one in its category between Salina Cruz, Mexico, and El Callao, Peru which represented the vessels of great fret of those days (3,000 tons) a passage of two thousand miles between both points.
The Port of Balboa has had the geographic advantage that is the narrow Isthmus of Panama, as well at the opportunity to grow according to the demands of world markets. This has caused the largest shipping lines in the world to focus on it. The growth has granted the operators of the port, the satisfaction of having 30 percent of the cargo market moving through the Panamanian ports (according to official numbers given by the Panamanian Maritime Authority).
Durante a recent visit to Ancon Hill, I had the opportunity of taking several shots of the Port of Balboa and its adjacent facilities, like the Marcos Gelabert Airport (former U.S. Albrook Air Force Base). It was a bright and sunny day, which was great for photo shootings. Here we go.
While taking these pictures, I was strongly impressed with the photographic features of my ole P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS camera. I’ve been taking pictures with this camera for nearly three years with highly satisfactory results. Good Day.