Day 88: Panama City
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Today we took a trip to Panamá La Vieja, the site where the original city was founded in 1519, where it thrived as the main regional trade centre for more than 150 years. The prosperity of the city made it a target for pirates though, and after a devastating attack by pirates led by Sir Henry Morgan the site was abandoned.
What is left today is little more than some ruins. When Morgan left the many warehouses and cathedrals had been ruined, and for the next three centuries the site had served as a source for building materials for nearby dwellings. The little bit what is a protected historic site today is little more than a fraction of the original city, most of which now lies underneath the foundations of modern Panama City.
I must say, on this trip I have seen Mayan ruins which were more intact than this. Nonetheless it was an interesting half-day trip. Learning about the city's vibrant history and seeing some visual interpretations of what the city would have looked like back then definitely helped the imagination.
We spent the rest of the day wandering around through modern Panama City. Nowhere near as exciting, but it was a good place to be doing some end-of-the-trip souvenir shopping.