Cartagena’s port, fortresses, and group of monuments are an “open air museum” preserved by Colombian and international institutions as a World Heritage Site. As a result, colonial buildings are presented as finished products that appear frozen in time, hiding the processes behind their construction and isolating them from the social and economic context in which they were built.
The Colonial Cartagena Project explores the processes behind the landmarks’ construction highlighting the role of African slavery in the formation of Cartagena’s cultural heritage. The Project provides both historical information and details about how researchers know what they know about the city's colonial past.
This is a collaborative project that encourages participation from scholars, cultural institutions, and individuals. Local communities will be able to participate in the future, as the project’s platform and contents become available in Spanish.