City and Bay of Panama

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Panama City is near the Pacific end of the Canal. It is one of the oldest cities in the western world. Its early history reads like a tale from a book of fairy stories. It was here that the Spaniards built a town 400 years ago. Here the Spanish brought their shiploads of gold and silver that they had taken from the Inca Indians of Peru. The precious metals were often carried across the isthmus (s´ms) to be put on other ships bound for Spain. Here, too, pirates stopped for food or plunder. The old city of Panama was destroyed by the Pirate Morgan in 1671. It was, for a long time, a city known for its wealth and its wickedness. In the City of Panama today there are many things to remind the visitor of those early days. There are ruins of walls and of forts; half-ruined churches beautifully built; and remains of streets, plazas, and shops. Today the city has a population of about 40,000 people of all races. Since the panama Canal was undertaken by the United States, the city has taken on new life. Hundreds of travelers are on its streets or in its hotels. Its stores and shops are busy places. It has a new city building, a new government building and a new opera house. In short, it has become a clean, modern city; but it has also the old places to add interest and color. Back of the city is Ancon (n´kn) Hill. It is from this hill that the view of the city and the bay were taken. You can understand, when looking at this scene, how Balboa (bäl-b´ä) must have felt when he gazed from near this place on the Pacific for the first time. Balboa, you recall, discovered the Pacific Ocean. Tell the story of Balboa's discovery of the Pacific; of Pizarro's (p-zär r) conquest of the Incas. Keystone ID: 20877 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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