Solarte Island

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Solarte Island
Native name:
Isla Solarte
Bocas del Toro Archipelago map.png
Bocas del Toro Archipelago
Coordinates9°18′N 82°11′W / 9.300°N 82.183°W / 9.300; -82.183Coordinates: 9°18′N 82°11′W / 9.300°N 82.183°W / 9.300; -82.183
ArchipelagoBocas del Toro Archipelago
Area8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Highest elevation0 m (0 ft)
ProvinceBocas del Toro
DistrictBocas del Toro

Solarte Island (in Spanish: Isla Solarte), also known as Nancy's Cay,[1] (in Spanish: Cayo Nancy) is an 8 km2 island located only 1 mile east of Bocas del Toro, in the Bocas del Toro Province, Panama. The two hundred Ngöbe Buglé fishing community lives on the island without electricity or telephone system, capturing water from a well.[2]

A medical facility, later known as Hospital Point (in Spanish: Punta Hospital), was built upon a hill on the western end of the island by the United Fruit Company[3] for treatment of patients with yellow fever and malaria in 1899[4] but it was decommissioned and moved to Almirante in 1920.[2]

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  1. ^ Perilla, Jisel (2008), Frommer's Panama, Frommers, p. 281, ISBN 0-470-37183-8
  2. ^ a b Woods, Sarah (2009), Bradt Panama, Bradt Travel Guides p. 284-5, ISBN 1-84162-260-5
  3. ^ Clyde Stevens. "Historia de Punta Hospital". History of Punta Hospital. Bocas del Toro Web Portal. Archived from the original on 21 December 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  4. ^ Butterman, Miriam (2010), Moon Living Abroad in Panama, Avalon Travel Publishing, p. 334, ISBN 1-59880-243-7