Colonial Cartagena

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The area that is now known as Muelle de los Pegasos (Pegasus Dock) used to be a bridge named San Francisco, the only bridge connecting Cartagena to Getsemani during the 17th century. It was removable as a military strategy in case of attacks coming from pirates entering through Getsemani. A narrow canal next to the bridge allowed enslaved men to transport construction materials to Cartagena in small canoes or rowboats that came from Tierra Bomba island. In the early years of the 17th century, the bridge allowed the Spanish authorities and affluent residents of Cartagena to live separately from the free and enslaved people who inhabited the island while still having access to their labor. As population grew, Getsemani also became home to Spaniards, rich and poor. During the following centuries, engineering projects joined Getsemani to the mainland.

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