Photos of Panama Viejo by donna
One weekend we went through the old city
of Panama near where we live, Panama
Vieja, and then we went to Casco Viejo
(the second city of Panama), otherwise
known as San Felipe. Panama Vieja was
the first Spanish city founded on the
Pacific coast of the Americas by Pedro
Arias de Avila on August 15th, 1519.
This city was the starting point of the
expeditions that conquered the Inca
Empire in Peru (1532). It also was a
stopover point of one of the most
important trade routes in the history of
the American continent leading to the
famous fairs of Nombre de Dios (Godís
Name) and Portobelo where most of the
gold and Silver that Spain took from the
Americas passed through.
The fire, destruction and pillage that
was caused by Henry Morgan in 1671
provoked the move and construction of
the second city in 1673.