Panama Viejo Ruins. Panamá Viejo was founded on August 15, 1519 by Spanish Conquistador Pedro Arias Davila. On January 28, 1671 the city was destroyed by Pirate Henry Morgan when he sacked and set fire to it.
This site's teaching resources about Central America fit very nicely with Unit 2 (La enseñanza) of the textbook Comunidades: Más allá del aula (Pearson). In particular, Lección 6 talks about how education is influenced by culture. The lack of emphasis on Central America and US relations with that region is a good example of how "educational culture" determines what we do and do not teach/learn.
The city was founded on the western end of a treacherously marshy islet known as Manzanillo Island. As part of the construction of the Panama Railroad, the island was connected to the Panamanian mainland by a causeway and part of the island was drained to allow the erection of permanent buildings.