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"Fort Grant" redirects here. For the post in Arizona, see Fort Grant, Arizona.

Fort Amador (Spanish: Fuerte Amador) and Fort Grant were former United States Army bases built to protect the Pacific (southern) end of the Panama Canal at Panama Bay. Amador was the primary on-land site, lying below the Bridge of the Americas. Grant consisted of a series of islands lying just offshore, some connected to Amador via a causeway. Fort Sherman was the corresponding base on the Atlantic (northern) side. All of the forts were turned over to the Republic of Panama in 1999, and the area is now a major tourist attraction.


The offshore islands had always been considered excellent defensive grounds and were long visited by English pirates. Sir Francis Drake, Captain Cook, and Henry Morgan all used Taboga and Perico as refuges after raiding Spanish galleons. It was here that then-Captain Ulysses S. Grant ended his cross-Panama march in 1852.

During the construction of the Panama Canal, notably the Culebra Cut, waste material was dumped in a mangrove bush then known as the "Balboa dump". As the work progressed, the dump was backfilled to create a large breakwater, which was later extended to the nearest of the offshore islands, Naos. This work was completed in 1912, and the military reservations were given their official names that year. Fort Amador is named for Manuel Amador Guerrero, the first president of Panama, while Fort Grant was named to commemorate Grant's earlier crossing to that point.

The two forts initially claimed only about 70 acres (280,000 m2) of land, but this expanded over the years to over 344. Amador was the primary infantry and support area, and grew to include a rather prominent "tank farm" for fuel storage. Grant was used primarily for naval defence, and included a number of large batteries on the various islands. To supply them, the causeway was extended to connect from Naos to the other nearby islands, Culebra, Perico, and Flamenco, all of which had batteries of various sizes. Grant also included the nearby unconnected islands of San Jose, Panamarca, Changarmi, Tortolita, Torola, Taboga, Cocovieceta, Cocovi, and Venado.

See also[edit]


  • Military Railroads on the Panama Canal Zone by Charles S. Small, Railroad monographs 1982
  • Life Magazine March 17, 1941

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 8°56′17″N 79°32′52″W / 8.93806°N 79.54778°W / 8.93806; -79.54778

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:11:15 -0800

... Las Toninas (Argentina), Valparaiso (Chile), Lurin (Peru) and Fort Amador (Panama). GCT will continue to own the cable station in St Croix and the portion of SAC extending from St Croix to a point one-half mile beyond the limit of the US ...
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:48:45 -0800

Today, the SAC cable system links St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, with Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro and Santos, Brazil; Las Toninas, Argentina; Valparaiso, Chile; Lurin, Peru; and Fort Amador, Panama. The cable is managed on a non-common carrier basis.
Eurasia Review
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:46:35 -0800

The School of Americas began in 1946 as a military training site at Fort Amador and then Fort Gulick in the Panama Canal Zone. The facility, called at the time the Escuela Latino Americana Terrestre (Latin American Ground School), centralized the ...
Wired News
Wed, 04 May 2011 03:52:30 -0700

Photographic copy of photograph, date unknown. (Original print HABS CZ,1-COLON.V,2-1 located at History Office, U.S. Army South, Fort Clayton, Panama.) U.S. Army Air Corps over Fort Amador, Panama Canal Zone. Photographic copy of photograph, circa ...
Los Angeles Times
Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:55:12 -0700

Just hours after Alcon Entertainment announced its intention to update the 1991 Keanu Reeves-Patrick Swayze action favorite "Point Break," word came today that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") will direct a reboot of "Highlander," the 1986 ...
Carta Maior
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:42:32 -0700

Inicialmente alocada em Fort Amador, no Panamá, permaneceu naquele país até 1984, quando uma petição do presidente panamenho, Jorge Illueca, ordenou o fechamento das atividades no território do Panamá. Só então a organização foi transferida para ...
Center for Research on Globalization
Sun, 10 Mar 2013 06:52:30 -0700

The outcome was an annual Conference of American Armies (CAA), first held at Fort Amador in Panama. In 1964 it was transferred to West Point, and from 1965 it met every two years. The West Point venue, a secretive meeting place symptomatic of cold war ...
al.com (blog)
Tue, 09 Aug 2011 08:59:46 -0700

"The Edwin K. Smith family has landed in Panama, where Lieutenant-Colonel Smith is executive officer at Fort Amador, and where the family has lovely quarters." • "J.N. McNeil, Grand Bay farmer, and a son are shown above with Mobile's first cotton bale ...

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