Isla Grande

Isla Grande is a small island and corregimiento in Portobelo District, Colón Province, Panama, off the Caribbean coast. It had a population of 1,037 as of 2010.[1] Its population as of 1990 was 626; its population as of 2000 was 1,055.[1] During the right times of year, the water between the island and the mainland provides an excellent surfing environment. Most of the people found in the town are of African descent and trace it back to black African slaves and those known as Cimarrones. Its historical name was Isla Grande de Bastimentos.[4] It was discovered and named in Spanish "Isle and port of Provisions" by Christopher Columbus in 1502 during his 4th and last voyage. As the Bastimentos together with its nearby port (Puerto de Bastimentos) it played an important role in history as the place where in 1726/7 the British Admiral Francis Hosier with 3,000 of his sailors died of tropical disease whilst anchored with his fleet of 20 ships during the disastrous Blockade of Porto Bello.[4]

Isla Grande
Toma aéra de Isla Grande
Isla Grande is located in Panama
Isla Grande
Isla Grande
Coordinates: 9°38′N 79°34′W / 9.633°N 79.567°W / 9.633; -79.567Coordinates: 9°38′N 79°34′W / 9.633°N 79.567°W / 9.633; -79.567
Country Panama
 • Land26.6 km2 (10.3 sq mi)
 • Total1,037
 • Density39/km2 (100/sq mi)
 Population density calculated based on land area.
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
Isla Grande Lighthouse
Cristo negro - Isla Grande - Colón - Panamá.jpg
Isla Grande is located in Panama
Isla Grande
LocationIsla Grande
Colón Province
Coordinates9°38′16.7″N 79°33′27.4″W / 9.637972°N 79.557611°W / 9.637972; -79.557611
Year first constructed1894
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionsteel skeletal tower
Tower shapecylindrical skeletal tower with central cylinder, balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower
Tower height26 metres (85 ft)
Focal height93 metres (305 ft)
Original lens2nd order Barbier & Cie. Fresnel lens
Light sourcesolar power
Range12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 5s.
Admiralty numberJ6138
NGA number16628
ARLHS numberPAN-026[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Cuadro 11 (Superficie, población y densidad de población en la República...)" [Table 11 (Area, population, and population density in the Republic...)] Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine (.xls). In "Resultados Finales Básicos" [Basic Final Results] (in Spanish). National Institute of Statistics and Census of Panama. Archived from the original on July 10, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Northern Panamá The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 23 January 2017
  3. ^ List of Lights, Pub. 110: Greenland, The East Coasts of North and South America (Excluding Continental U.S.A. Except the East Coast of Florida) and the West Indies (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2016.
  4. ^ a b Columbus' Easternmost Discoveries in Panama: A Geographical Appraisal Lewis D. Harris pp. 25-36, published in Terrae Incognitae , The Journal of the Society for the History of Discoveries Volume 16, 1984 - Issue 1 [1]