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August 16, 2010
The photo below is titled "Plaza de la Catedral, Edificio del Cabildo". I looked up the meaning of Cabildo and I found the definition below.
(Spanish: “municipal council”), the fundamental unit of local government in colonial Spanish America. Conforming to a tradition going back to the Romans, the Spaniards considered the city to be of paramount importance, with the surrounding countryside directly subordinate to it. In local affairs each municipality in Hispanic America was governed by its cabildo, or council, in a manner reminiscent of Castilian towns in the late Middle Ages. A council’s members, regidores (councillors) and alcaldes ordinarios (magistrates), together with the local corregidor (royally appointed judge), enjoyed considerable prestige and power.
With this title, I am assuming this building housed the government offices of the time and what a more fitting area to be located as in Cathedral Plaza.
Panama was still part of Columbia at this time, so there was no
President or Presidential Palace. This has gotten very interesting
on my part and have had good responses from CZ Images visitors that have
enjoyed these historic Muybridge photos.
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