Luis De Roux

Luis De Roux
1841-1909

De Roux was a doctor who held several public positions: professor at the University of Colombia (1900), congressman (1903), and member of the National Constituent Convention. As a representative of Panama to the Colombian Congress, he spoke on behalf of Panama's autonomy. His speech full of patriotic inspiration served to make evident the indifference shown by the Colombian Government toward Panama's political and economic situation.

De Roux predicted that if Colombia rejected the Herran-Hay Treaty, Panama would seek its emancipation because many Panamanians wanted the treaty to be approved. His main concern was the dissolution of the Colombian Congress before a final decision was made on the construction of the Panama Canal through the Isthmus. He worked constantly to get a positive resolution to this matter.

De Roux made a great contribution as a doctor by fighting to eradicate tuberculosis in Panama. He also founded the Panamanian Bolivarian Society and was the author of the Bolivarian countries' flag.