Originally a Spanish outpost valued for its deep water port, this was the depot for silver shipped to Spain through the mid-18th Century. An incident between the Spanish and a British merchant ship resulted in the War of Jenkins’ Ear and the sack of the city. The ruins of Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provide lovely views near the mouth of the Chagres River, which comprises the water that powers the Canal locks. A church in the town has a distinctive statue of Christ depicted as a black man that is festooned with votives left by the faithful in hope of intercession. Tours are also possible to the Chagres National Park to visit the Embera people, or to view the Gatun Locks of the Canal.