Casco Life

Casco`s Old Street Names

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Anyone asking for an address in Panama will get multiple answers to the same thing. They include, and are not limited to, mango trees (that used to be there), supermarkets, landmarks … and different names of the same street, given at different times.  As a history fan, I blame it all on the Spanish. They started the name fever, we just went on with the party.

At some point, it must have been enough, because someone decided to finally go with numbers for streets and letters for avenues.  However, when giving an address to a Panamanian, I find myself still describing where such and such used to be! At least some of the Spanish colonial names had some sense to them. They were very descriptive: commerce street, butcher`s street or where so and so lived.

Here is an article found yesterday at the magazine Epocas. And a second document I had laying around, so don´t remember where I got it, but they say the same, so it must be right!

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