The Plazas of Cartagena's Walled City

Colombia, Cartagena Guide (B): The Plazas of Cartagena's Walled City

I had just a few days in Cartagena and wanted to make the most of it. As such, I walked about every square inch of the Walled City along with most of GetsemanÍ in order take in the culture and history of the city. I tried visiting virtually every plaza and along the way enjoyed window shopping, people watching, dining, and seeing what the vendors had for sale.

Cartagena, founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, is named after Cartagena, Spain. Strategically located between the Magdalena and Sinú Rivers on Colombia’s northeastern, Caribbean coast, the city became a very important trade port for Spain. During the colonial era (1533-1717), the port was used to export Peruvian silver and to import African slaves.

The city’s increasing importance subjected it to attacks from the French, English, and Dutch. Still a city without walls, it briefly fell to the French in 1544 until a ransom was paid. At this time a defensive tower was built, but its battery had limited range, and the city was ransacked again in 1569 and soon was destroyed by fire. Seventeen year later, Francis Drake took over the city until another ransom was paid. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Plazas of Cartagena's Walled City
Guide Location: Colombia » Cartagena
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Plaza De La Paz   Plaza De Los Coches   Plaza De La Aduana   Plaza San Pedro Claver   Plaza De Santa Teresa   Museo Naval del Caribe   Plaza De Bolivar   Gold Museum   Inquisition of Cartagena   Plaza De La Proclamacion   Catedral of Cartegena   Plaza Santo Domingo   Cevicheria Trattoria donde Wippy   Plaza De La Merced   Teatro Heredia   Parque Fernandez De Madrid   Plaza De San Diego   Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena   Plaza De Las Bovedas   Castillo San Felipe de Barajas  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
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