digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

"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.

History[edit]

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]

References[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


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Amador — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
9639 videos foundNext > 

FORT AMADOR, CAUSEWAY DE PANAMA ENERO 2012

CAUSEWAY FORT AMADOR PANAMA.

Unsere Reise um die Welt. 23.03.2014 Fort Amador - Panamá-City III. - Panamá ® 93. Video.

Unsere Reise um die Welt vom 22.12.2013 bis 12.04.2014 Die Reiseroute zu unserer Reise: ART074 | 111 Tage | 22.12.2013 - 12.04.2014 | Artania Weltreisen 2013...

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA FROM FORT AMADOR, CAUSEWAY 2012

CANAL DE PANAMA MIRAFLORES, PANAMA CITY, PANAMA.

Charles Lindbergh and others review troops at Fort Amador in Panama. HD Stock Footage

Link to order this clip: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675049067_Charles-Lindbergh_reviewing-troops_Major-General-Graves_Fort-Amador Historic Stock Foo...

Desfile Ángel Fort Amador

Guerrero Negro, Desfile del 20 de Noviembre de 2011.

United States Army headquarters at Fort Amador in Panama HD Stock Footage

Link to order this clip: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675048563_Fort-Amador_Army-headquarters_Panama-Canal-Zone_cars-passing-by Historic Stock Footage...

Unsere Reise um die Welt. 23.03.2014 Fort Amador - Panamá-City I. - Panamá ® 91. Video.

Unsere Reise um die Welt vom 22.12.2013 bis 12.04.2014 Die Reiseroute zu unserer Reise: ART074 | 111 Tage | 22.12.2013 - 12.04.2014 | Artania Weltreisen 2013...

United States Army Navy officer's club at Fort Amador in Panama HD Stock Footage

Link to order this clip: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675048570_Army-Navy-officers-club_palm-tree_Fort-Amador_car-arrives Historic Stock Footage Archi...

United States soldiers enjoy fishing at Fort Amador in Panama HD Stock Footage

Link to order this clip: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675048569_United-States-soldiers_fishing-rod_catching-fish_Fort-Amador Historic Stock Footage Ar...

Guerrero Negro Angel Fort Amador

Desfile 20 de Noviembre en Guerrero Negro.

9639 videos foundNext > 

2 news items

BCS Noticias

BCS Noticias
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:36:29 -0700

La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS). Un hombre identificado como Alonso Montaño Vargas, fue detenido por elementos de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado, por introducirse a la escuela primaria Ángel Fort Amador, en Guerrero Negro, y robado ...
 
El Sudcaliforniano
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:30:00 -0700

... manifestado que la directora de la Escuela Ángel Fort Amador, le había informado que a las 09:00 horas, se percató que habían robado de una de las aulas un televisor marca Sanyo, color negro de plasma, de 32", 01 regulador de voltaje, 01 doble ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!