Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá
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||Conquistador Pedrarías Dávila founded Panamá Viejo in 1519; it is America’s oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast. The town marks the transfer of European ideals of town planning, which is depicted in its layout on a rectilinear grid. Deserted in the mid-17th century, a ‘new town’ (the ‘Historic District’) replaced it; the younger area has also preserved its primary street plan, its architecture and a curious blend of Spanish, French and early American styles. The Salón Bolívar was the scene for the failed attempt made by El Libertador in 1826 to institute a multinational continental congress. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
||1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.