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Henry Morgan's Attack on Panama in 1671

Henry Morgan's Attack on Panama in 1671

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This study reviews Sir Henry Morgan ’s attack on Panama City in 1671.Henry Morgan
was successful because he applied combat power correctly.Morgan faced an enemy of
superior numbers,yet he was successful.Morgan chose an objective that was thought to
be unobtainable,yet he won.Morgan received no formal education in the art of war;he
learned from his own experience and the experience of the pirates before him.In his last
great exploit Morgan chose the famous city of Panama for his objective.This study
shows how Morgan applied the elements of combat power in capturing Panama City,a
city never before conquered.
This study concludes by showing how the tactics of Henry Morgan are important to the
military leader today.Morgan serves as an example of how to apply the elements of
combat power.Morgan ’s use of maneuver is a text book example for young leaders to
study today.Perhaps most important is Morgan ’s example of how leadership is vital to
every military operation.The study of Morgan ’s leadership and how he was able to
achieve what others thought could not be done is an example for all leaders.
In January of 1671 Henry Morgan led 1,400 pirates across the isthmus of Panama
and attacked Panama City.The city was defended by a garrison made up of over 4,000
Spanish soldiers and slaves.The battle for Panama City lasted only several hours.Henry
Morgan and his army of pirates achieved victory quickly,capturing a city though to be
impregnable.Morgan ’s attack on Panama City was successful for several reasons,the
most important was the ability of Morgan to apply the elements of combat power over
the Spanish Army that defended the city.This thesis will show how Henry Morgan
applied the elements of combat power to achieve victory in his attack on Panama City.
Combat power is created by combining the elements of maneuver,firepower,
protection,and leadership.
This study reviews Sir Henry Morgan ’s attack on Panama City in 1671.Henry Morgan
was successful because he applied combat power correctly.Morgan faced an enemy of
superior numbers,yet he was successful.Morgan chose an objective that was thought to
be unobtainable,yet he won.Morgan received no formal education in the art of war;he
learned from his own experience and the experience of the pirates before him.In his last
great exploit Morgan chose the famous city of Panama for his objective.This study
shows how Morgan applied the elements of combat power in capturing Panama City,a
city never before conquered.
This study concludes by showing how the tactics of Henry Morgan are important to the
military leader today.Morgan serves as an example of how to apply the elements of
combat power.Morgan ’s use of maneuver is a text book example for young leaders to
study today.Perhaps most important is Morgan ’s example of how leadership is vital to
every military operation.The study of Morgan ’s leadership and how he was able to
achieve what others thought could not be done is an example for all leaders.
In January of 1671 Henry Morgan led 1,400 pirates across the isthmus of Panama
and attacked Panama City.The city was defended by a garrison made up of over 4,000
Spanish soldiers and slaves.The battle for Panama City lasted only several hours.Henry
Morgan and his army of pirates achieved victory quickly,capturing a city though to be
impregnable.Morgan ’s attack on Panama City was successful for several reasons,the
most important was the ability of Morgan to apply the elements of combat power over
the Spanish Army that defended the city.This thesis will show how Henry Morgan
applied the elements of combat power to achieve victory in his attack on Panama City.
Combat power is created by combining the elements of maneuver,firepower,
protection,and leadership.

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THE ATTACK ON PANAMA CITY BY HENRY MORGAN
A thesis presented to the Faculty of the U.S. Army
Command and General Staff College in partial
fulfillment of the requirements for the
degree
MASTER OF MILITARY ART AND SCIENCE
by
WALTER E. PIATT, MAJ, USA
B.S., Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, 1987
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas1998Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
 
MASTER OF MILITARY ART AND SCIENCE
THESIS APPROVAL PAGE
Name of Candidate: MAJ Walter E. PiattThesis Title: The Attack on Panama City by Henry MorganApproved by:_____________________________________, Thesis Committee ChairpersonLTC Sylvia Rivera Cabassa, M.A._____________________________________, MemberMAJ Krewasky A. Salter, Ph.D._____________________________________, MemberLTC Thomas B. Lyles, Jr. , M.A.Accepted this 5th day of June 1998 by:_____________________________________, Director, Graduate Degree ProgramsPhilip J. Brookes, Ph.D.The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are those of the student author and do notnecessarily represent the views of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College orany other governmental agency. (References to this study should include the foregoingstatement.)ii

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The ship that got away from Henry Morgan had a broken mainmast, and did NOT go to Ecuador.
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