Panama cannons could be from pirate Morgan
Six cannons found on a reef off Panama's Caribbean coast last year could be from the famed pirate Henry Morgan's ship, which targeted the area in the 17th century, researchers said Monday.
An international team of underwater archaeologists working on the Lajas reef at the mouth of the Chagres River found the cannons in August 2010 in a spot not far from where a flotilla led by Morgan ran aground in 1671.
The pirates had wrested the San Lorenzo castle from Spanish troops and were trying to get to Panama City to loot it.
"In 1671 the boat Satisfaction, belonging to the English pirate Henry Morgan, sunk on the Lajas reef," said Ernesto Boyd, who leads Patronato Panama Viejo, a private group that looks to protect national patrimony.
"So it is presumed that the cannons belong to the pirate."
Scientists, however, said it will take another two years to confirm whether the guns were Morgan's. He is famous for plundering Panama and making off with his loot to Jamaica.
"The discovery could shed a lot of light for the whole world on what exactly Morgan did in Panama," said Sandra Cerrud, of the Historic National Trust.
© 2011 AFP