Sunday, March 6, 2011

Privateer Henry Morgan's cannons found near Panama

Arrrrghhhh!   Famous privateer Captain Morgan's cannons were found in the waters off Panama recently according to local archeologists.  In the late 1600s, Morgan sent three ships and a crew of 470 men to the area to capture a fort that guarded the capital, Panama City.   Morgan and his fellow pirates, errr...I mean privateers, went sailing up the Chagres River and crashed into the Lajas Reef sinking in the waters.  

(Henry Morgan who later became the
Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica in 1694)

Privateer is a private person authorized by a government to attack foreign shipping during wartime.
Pirate - is  a private party that engages in acts of robbery and/or criminal violence at sea.

Morgan and crew managed to get to shore and successfully took the fort even without their ships.   But now all these years later archeologist have found canyons believed to be part of this shipwreck.   They started to explore in 2008 and at the edge of the Lajas Reef, the team found what appeared to be a field of six cannons, all covered with layers of sedimentary rock that had built up over the centuries.  The cannons seem to be from the 17th century and five are probably French.  Efforts are currently underway to preserve and inspect the wreckage.

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