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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:23 pm    Post subject: Portobelo Mini Port Report Reply with quote

Portobelo, Portobello or Porto Bello is south of Colon Panama. Colon is at the Caribbean side of the Cannel. This little town of 5000 or so has an interesting history. Columbus was here on his forth voyage (1504) and one of his ships (Vizcaina) sunk nearby. The wreck of the Vizcaina is thought to have been located and the rights to it are in dispute.

The port was very actively used by Spanish galleons shipping treasure back to Spain and also to warehouse goods. The activity came to a halt when Privateer Captain Henry Morgan raided with 500 men and captured two of the forts. The third fort surrendered.
Morgan removed everything of value and Portobelo never regained prominence as a major port. The 1935 movie Captain Blood staring Errol Flynn is loosely based on the event.

Portobelo today is well known by the Catholic people of Panama as the Inglesia de San Felipe is home to the statue of the Black Christ. People, from as far away as Panama City (53 miles) walk to the festival of the Black Christ on October 21. Thousands of pilgrims travel to the festival seeking miraculous cures. The origin of the statue El Cristo Negro is unknown but thought to come from Spain in the 1600s.

Portobelo’s deep harbor was used by the Mandalay as an anchorage for trips to the San Blas Islands.

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