THE GOLDEN ALTAR by MICHAEL J. MERRY
In January of 1671 the pirate, Henry Morgan captured and
sacked Panama City.
In an amazing feat of arms he crossed the Isthmus of Panama
and attacked the
city from the east, something that military strategists of
the day said was
im- possible. Morgan took considerable booty from Panama but
fabled Golden Altar, a priceless artifact which local
churchmen had painted
with creasote to avoid detection.
This story tells in detail of Morgan's invasion and of his
rage when he
eventually discovered what he and his band of bucaneers had
goes on to relate how an ancestor, Major Henry Morgan, a
officer who passed through Panama when returning from the
goes back in 1985 to steal the altar himself. The amazing
details of his
preparations for the robbery and the melting and disposal of
the gold are
explained at length in this book.
The descriptions of Morgan's raid in 1671 and of the City of
Panama in 1985
are accurate. However, the unviolated Golden Altar still
resides today in
the church of San Jose in the old part of the city. It's not
far from, where
General Manuel Antonio Noriega's infamous Defense Forces
until 1989, when the US invasion destroyed the complex and
life in Panama
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