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San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo guards the ruins of the most powerful Spanish fort in Panama, between the jungle and the sea. Built in 1601 by orders of the King of Spain, the Castillo de San Lorenzo el Real guarded the entrance and exit of the main route of the Americas. Countless riches were transported by the Chagres River, which, together with Camino de Cruces by land, formed a vital communication route between the two oceans. Its massive walls did not stop the attack of Welsh privateer Henry Morgan, who captured it in 1671 before heading to Panama City. Today its ruins are part of an exuberant setting of tropical rainforest, which also surrounds the remains of the old Canal fortifications.

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