History of Bocas Del Toro

History of Bocas Del Toro

Guaymi, Teribe and Bokota indians were the primitive inhabitants of Bocas del Toro, when Christopher Colombus,in 1502, navigated with his two ships into the bay called by the Indians “Caroboro”, today Admiral Bay.

The English took advantage of this fact establishing settlements like in Bocas del Drago where it was reported, in 1745, that they were growing cattle and chickens.

The english presence played a very important role in the beginning of the XIX century, english ships from Jamaica make an active commerce with the Central America coast, Bocas del Toro included, where traded goods by carey (marine turtle shell), live marine turtles, cocoa, mahogany wood and zaparilla

In 1826 Bocas del Toro town was founded by Jamaica, San Andres and Providencia immigrants, but still during the first years after this foundation, the town was a camp of traders in carey, some of then coming so far as the United States. Most of the population were trafficants and adventurers of different nationalities, attracted by the new commercial opportunities.

In 1880 begins the history of the banana in the region being created Snyder Banana Co in 1890 and United Fruit Co in 1899.

1930, in Bocas existed consulates of England, Germany, Costa Rica, United States and France, while three journals were published: The Telegraph, The Citizen and The Central American Express.

But a strange banana pest had been started to sick the banana plants about 1914 and in 1934 the destruction was absolute, beginning a period of decay for the islands.

Tourism now is a new alternative that had arrived to the islands, and die to the natural richness of the Archipelago, looks like it is an alternative to stay.