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Porto Bello

(both: pôr'tōbĕl`ō), or

Puerto Bello

(pwār`tō bā`yō), town, central Panama, on the Caribbean Sea. The site, an excellent harbor, was visited by Columbus. The town was founded in 1597. A thriving colonial city, it was connected by a stone highway with Panama city; both ports were the points of transshipment for riches from the Spanish Pacific domains. Believed impregnable—Sir Francis Drake died of fever before he could capture it and was secretly buried in the bay—Portobelo was, nevertheless, sacked by English buccaneers (William Parker in 1601, Sir Henry Morgan in 1688, and Edward Vernon in 1739). With the building of the trans-Panama railroad (1848–55) and finally the digging of the Panama Canal, Portobelo declined.
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In the Church of San Felipe, built around 1814, we ogled the life-size statue of the Nazareno de Portobelo, better known as the Black Christ.
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To address this void, Renee Alexander Craft (an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a joint appointment in the Department of Communication Studies and Curriculum in Global Studies) examines an Afro-Latin Carnival performance tradition called "Congo" as it is enacted in the town of Portobelo, Panama--the nexus of trade in the Spanish colonial world.
Also available on The Moana is a 7-night Colo n, Panama, to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, voyage visiting: Portobelo, Panama; Panama Canal evening transit; Panama City, Panama; Isla de Coiba, Panama; Golfito, Costa Rica; Quepos, Costa Rica; and Isla Tortuga/Curu Wildlife Reserve, departing December 19, 2015, with cruise fares from $4,145 per person.