FUERTE AMADOR (Panama City)
Fuerte Amador (Fuerte is Spanish for “fort”), along with Fort Grant, is a former United States Army base built to protect the Pacific (southern) end of the Panama Canal at Panama Bay. Amador is one of three protective forts, including a corresponding base on the Atlantic (northern) side of the canal, that were built in 1912 and turned over to the Republic of Panama in 1999. Today the area is a destination for tourists and serves as a jumping off point to explore Panama City and the nearby offshore islands, which historically were a defensive ground for English pirates following raids of the Spanish galleon ships. Take time to visit nearby Old Panama City, established in 1519 and rich with history and diverse styles of architecture. Within colonial Panama City is Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a neighborhood developed by Spanish and French colonists, as well as the Catholic church, as a walled city to protect its settlers against pirate attacks. View or cross the Bridge of the Americas, part of the Pan American Highway that starts in Alaska and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina.