Colonial Cartagena

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The first Spanish inhabitants of Cartagena used indigenous techniques, materials, and labor to build their homes and churches in the decades following the city’s colonial foundation in 1533. The huts and houses made of materials such as palm leaves, bamboo, and wood were gradually replaced by more permanent edifices made of stone. This transformation coincided with the establishment of Cartagena as the main slave trading port in Spanish South America. By the end of the 17th century, Cartagena had become a city of stone that was home to a society built upon slavery.

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Jesuit Convent (S. Pedro Claver)

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The Docks

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Cathedral

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Walls and Fortifications

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