Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | September 27, 2008

The historic Chagres River

The entrance to the Chagres River

Before the Panama Canal was built, pirates and ships bearing adventurers heading for the California gold fields in 1849 entered the Isthmus of Panama via the Chagres River.

The old fort where the Chagres River turns inland

From my book…”Then we drove over the steel grating of the locks to the old Spanish fort of San Lorenzo, at the head of the Chagres River, about 20 miles distant. This was the Spanish fort that the pirate, Henry Morgan, took 11 days to overcome, before he could continue his journey to rob and burn Panama City, in 1671. The scenery was very beautiful and made for a pleasant visit.”

All material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2008
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