Chagres is shown above, as
it looked to the gold-seekers. The castle of San Lorenzo stands on the
bluff at the left; the entrance to the Chagres River is at the extreme
old castle crowns the point, occupying a position somewhat similar to
the Morro at Havana . . . Morgan and his buccaneers scaled its walls
and took it after a fight in which all but thirty-three out of three
hundred and fourteen defenders were slain . . ."
soon as a vessel dropped anchor, native canoes or dug-outs were on hand
to offer passage up the river and through the jungles to Gorgona or
Cruces where the pack roads began. Bargains were struck; money changed
hands; faithful promises were made.