Media Luna Street
The Media Luna, or “Half Moon” street connected Getsemani to the road that went to Santa Fe, the capital of the Audiencia during the 17th century. Anyone coming to or leaving the city by land had to pass through the Media Luna street in Getsemani. Enslaved men crossed this street bringing corn and cattle into the city from the surrounding farms, and carried gold, silver, and flour that came from the interior of the New Kingdom of Granada. The Media Luna was an important place for runaways from slavery, since it also connected Cartagena’s urban area to the hinterlands where they built their communities. Many runaways came to Media Luna to obtain goods such as cooking utensils and soap and to meet with friends and family, running the risk of being caught and punished by slave owners or colonial authorities.