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Captain Raul Chevalier

 
 
Captain Raul Chevalier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 5, 2010
1. Captain Raul Chevalier Marker
Inscription.  
Desde este sitio el
3 de noviembre de 1903 el
Capitan Raul Chevalier
efectuo los disparos de cañon que
obligaron al cañonero Bogota a abandonar
nuestras aguas consolidando asi
nuestra independencia.

English translation:
From this site on November 3, 1903
Captain Raul Chevalier
fired the cannon shots that forced the Colombian gunner Bogotá to abandon our waters, thus consolidating our independence.

 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Wars, Non-US. A significant historical date for this entry is November 3, 1903.
 
Location. 8° 57.02′ N, 79° 31.887′ W. Marker is in Panamá, in District of Panamá. Memorial is on Calle 5a, on the right when traveling north. The marker is near the Plaza Francia and French Embassy. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Panamá 08080-1, Panama. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Simón Bolívar (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); General Tomás Herrera (approx. 0.6 kilometers away).
 
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The marker describes some of the events of Panamanian independence from Colombia, proclaimed on November 3, 1903. This proclamation had been supported by the US in order to move forward with construction of the Panama Canal. The Colombian gunboat Bogotá, originally built as the English steamship Cutch in 1884, hearing of the proclamation shelled the city of Panamá, killing a Chinese civilian. Panamanian Captain Raul Chevalier ordered his battery to fire on the Bogotá, eventually forcing her to return to Colombia.
 
Captain Raul Chevalier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, November 12, 2018
2. Captain Raul Chevalier Marker
This view east includes a portion of the Cinta Costera (Coastal Belt) road that encircles the Casco Viejo (Old City) of Panama.
Captain Raul Chevalier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, November 12, 2018
3. Captain Raul Chevalier Marker
This view to the north shows Panama City and the likely area where the Bogotá was firing.
The <i>Cutch</I> in Canadian service image. Click for full size.
1898
4. The Cutch in Canadian service
The Cutch would be sold to the Colombian Navy in 1902 and renamed the Bogotá.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 803 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 5, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.   2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.   4. submitted on August 5, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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