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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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Eurasia Review
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:45:00 -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

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

Their mission was to assault Fort Amador, one of the few strongholds of the Panamanian Defense Forces to offer resistance to the American forces that had invaded Panama as part of Operation Just Cause. Two of the helicopter pilots ferrying the troops ...
Anderson Independent Mail
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 01:00:00 -0800

Howard AFB was only seven miles over "the bridge" to Panama City and it almost adjoined the back gate of Albrook Air Force Station, which was located near Fort Amador, a U.S. support post. Nearby was the U.S. Southern Command Headquarters, under the ...
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 ...
El Sudcaliforniano
Sun, 25 Sep 2011 22:47:30 -0700

... que su familia en general se enfrente a gastos imprevistos y en la mayoría de las ocasiones, múltiples y graves problemas entre las personas que consideren tener derecho a heredar, declaró a El Sudcaliforniano el licenciado Roberto Fort Amador ...
El País.com (España)
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:12:27 -0700

En realidad él nació en el trayecto que sus padres hacían desde Texas hasta Fort Amador, en Panamá, donde su padre trabajaba como oficial de enlace para la PCC. “En lo que sí coincidimos todos es en que solo los civiles éramos zonians; los militares, ...

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BCS Noticias
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:03:39 -0800

Los aspirantes independientes a diputaciones locales son: Roberto Fort Amador, Ramiro Ruiz Flores, Francisco Adolfo Castro y José Lorenzo Cota, por el distrito 3; Baldemar Sicairos y Fidel Antonio Posadas, por distrito 1; así como Manuel López Martinez ...

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