Manuel Amador Guerrero, who is known as one of the champions of the cause for Panamanian nationality, was not even born on the isthmus, but in Turbaco, Colombia, near Cartagena, on July 30, 1833. He came from a contradictory family. His maternal grandfather, Manuel Guerrero, during the siege on Cartagena by Pablo Morilllo in 1815, led an insurrection of Spanish prisoners who blocked the gates of the Santo Domingo wall to the patriots. Meanwhile, on the paternal side, he was the nephew of Juan de Dios Amador, governor of Cartagena during Morillo's siege, and of Martín Amador, executed by the Spaniards in 1816.
On April 15, 1856, an man named Jack Olivier, visibly intoxicated, along with three or four other fellow Americans, decided to buy a slice of watermelon from José Manuel Luna. Olivier proveeded to eat it, but then refused to pay its cost of a real (5 U.S. cents). This caused a big argument, which ended when Olivier pulled out a gun, shot a local man, and then fled the scene.
Lorenzo was a popular commander who led guerrillas against the Conservative government starting in October 1900. After the defeat of the Liberals at Calidonia Bridge, he set up barracks at Negrita (Coclé) and from there ventured to overtake various villages in the countryside and fight the government on the railway.