Henry Morgan’s cannons found in Panama, archaeologists say
Excerpts: Archaeologists have recovered six cannons from the ships of Welsh privateer Henry Morgan, the first artifacts found in Panama to be linked to the man who remains a legend there, the team said Monday.
At the edge of the Lajas Reef, the team found what appeared to be a field of six cannons, all covered with layers of sedimentary rock that had built up over the centuries, said archaeologist James P. Delgado, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Maritime Heritage Program in Silver Spring, Md., and a co-leader of the team. The cannons seem to be from the 17th century and five are probably French.
…Morgan’s flagship “was a captured French vessel, and the mix [of cannons] is the type of thing one would expect for a privateer,” Delgado said. “These guys grabbed whatever they could get a hold of.”