Happy Thanksgiving, PCMC members! We hope you are enjoying this holiday with food, family, and friends. To celebrate, here is a menu for Thanksgiving in 1966 aboard the S.S. Cristobal. The menu features American classics like roasted turkey and cranberry sauce, as well as regionally influenced dishes such as “Caribbean style” baked ham and some dishes that we found peculiar– like green turtle soup! Did you ever have a holiday dinner on a cruise ship while living in the Canal Zone? What were your Thanksgiving traditions in the Canal Zone? Have any of those traditions continued since moving away from the Canal Zone?
The New Cocolí Dictionary, compiled by Carl N. Berg and Patricia D. Propst, presents the most common definition or understanding of names, words, and phrases that were familiar during the American Era of the Panama Canal and Canal Zone. These definitions include English, Spanish, and French words. The original focus of the dictionary was the townsite of Cocolí, and it was expanded in August 2015 to include the greater Canal Zone. The scope of the geographic and date span coverage was expanded significantly in subsequent revisions, culminating in this 2017 edition: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00061372/00001 You can suggest new terms or contribute new information by commenting on this post. Thank you!