Contributed by: Don WinnerToday Wednesday 15 August 2012 marks the 493rd anniversary of the founding of Old Panama. To celebrate the occasion there will be various artists performing and recreational activities. A "culinary path" will be opened from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm where there will be small restaurants selling food. Similarly, the community board of Parque Lefevre created craft stalls, and they set up an exposition with the monumental tower. There will be artists and folk dancing on the main stage to be presented from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The city was founded by Pedro Arias de Avila (Pedrarias Dávila) on August 15, 1519. Then the city was hit by at least three devastating fires and an earthquake in 1621. It was also besieged several times by pirates. The worst of these sieges was commanded by the English pirate Henry Morgan, who arrived at the site on 28 January 1671 and he remained there until 24 February. (Estrella)
Editor's Comment: And finally they realized the location of the original Panama City was practically impossible to defend from a military point of view, so the abandoned the site in favor of the current "Casco Viejo" which was built as a walled city on the point. Much easier to defend.