Portobelo was the most important colonial port in the Panamanian Caribbean and today it is the capital of the Congo culture. Between the 16th and 18th centuries, Portobelo received the galleons from Spain and loaded them with the gold and silver of the Americas. The arrival of the richest fleet in the Caribbean made it the commercial hub of the region and the target of enemy nations, pirates and corsairs. Many of them, such as Sir Francis Drake, met their end and are still in this place. The Spanish soldiers are gone, but the culture-rich Congo community remains. Their dances and songs are now Portobelo's greatest wealth, and the old forts are Portobelo's greatest stages.
Together with San Lorenzo, Portobelo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
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