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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 (28 ha) 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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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:34:05 -0700

Pace's duties have taken her to Fort Amador in what was then the Panama Canal Zone, as well as multiple domestic duty stations. She returned to Fort Hood in 2009 and deployed with III Corps in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn from 2010 ...

The Killeen Daily Herald

The Killeen Daily Herald
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:35:12 -0700

That was the first, huge step forward the Army took for women that I can remember.” After leaving the band in the late 1970s, she would play in the 79th Army Band at Fort Amador, Panama Canal Zone, and the 9th Infantry Division Band at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:30:54 -0700

Duran grew up in Chorrillo, a windblown slum of narrow streets and tumbledown two-story houses that lies on the east side of the mouth of the Panama Canal, across from Fort Amador. He is one of eight children. Roberto's father deserted his mother ...
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:45:00 -0700

... on a non-common carrier basis by Level 3's subsidiary Global Crossing Telecommunications (GCT), links St Croix (US Virgin Islands) with Fortaleza (Rio de Janeiro), Santos (Brazil), Las Toninas (Argentina), Valparaiso (Chile), Lurin (Peru) and Fort ...
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.

Wired News

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 ...
The Atlantic
Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:28:25 -0700

At 0055 hours on December 20, 1989, U.S. Army helicopters lifted off from Howard Air Force Base, in Panama, to carry infantry across the Panama Canal. Their mission was to assault Fort Amador, one of the few strongholds of the Panamanian Defense ...

Center for Research on Globalization

Center for Research on Globalization
Sun, 10 Mar 2013 06:59:11 -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 ...

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