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In S Nicholson ed. An Expanded View of Reality pp. Cave Archaeology of Belize. J Cave Karst Stu ; 58 2: Oliveira AM and Bading H. Biofactors ; 37 3: They preferred the better known Hispaniola and Cuba. Under contract to Queen Joanna of Castile , Pedro de Heredia entered the Bay of Cartagena with three ships, a lighter , men, and 22 horses, on 14 January He soon found the village of Calamari abandoned. Proceeding onwards to Turbaco, where Juan de la Cosa had been mortally wounded 13 years earlier, Heredia fought an all-day battle before claiming victory.
Using India Catalina as a guide, Heredia embarked on a three-month exploration expedition. He returned to Calamari in April with gold pieces, including a solid gold porcupine weighing pounds.
His rule as governor of Cartagena lasted 22 years, before perishing on his return to Spain in The town was named after the port city of Cartagena , in Murcia in southeast Spain, where most of Heredia's sailors had resided.
Heredia was forced to retreat to Turbaco until a ransom was paid. It was supposed to protect the anchorage and the Bahia de las Animas, a water lane into Plaza de lar Mar current day Plaze de la Aduana , but the fort's battery had limited range.
Then the French pirate Martin Cote struck in with men, ransacking the city. A few months after the disaster of the invasion of Cote, a fire destroyed the city and forced the creation of a firefighting squad, the first in the Americas. This would have allowed Hawkins to ravage the port afterwards; the governor declined. Hawkins bombarded the city for 8 days, but failed to level it. Drake burned houses and the cathedral, departing only after a ransom was paid a month later. Spain then commissioned Bautista Antonelli in to design a master scheme for defending its Caribbean ports.
This included a second visit to Cartagena in when he drew up plans for a walled city. Sentences were pronounced in the main city plaza, today's Plaza de Bolivar, during the Autos de Fe ceremonies. Crimes under its jurisdiction included those of heresy , blasphemy , bigamy and witchcraft.
A total of persons were punished, which ranged from fines, wearing a Sanbenito , life imprisonment, or even death for five unlucky souls. The Inquisition was abolished with independence in The first slaves were brought by Pedro de Heredia to work as "macheteros", clearing the underbrush. By the 17th Century, Cartagena had become an important New World slave market, centered about the Plaza de los Coches. Europeans began to bring slaves from Africa. Spain was the only European power that could not establish factories in Africa to purchase slaves and therefore the Spanish empire relied on the asiento system, awarding merchants mostly from Portugal , France , England and the Dutch Empire the license to trade enslaved people to their overseas territories.
Besides the walls built to defend the historic district of Calamari, Francisco de Murga enclosed Getsemani with protective walls starting in This included the battery of Media Luna of San Antonio, located between the bastions of Santa Teresa and Santa Barbara, which protected the only gate and causeway to the mainland.
The practice of Situado , is exemplified in the magnitude of the city's subsidy between and , when the city received the sum of 20,, Spanish reales. The Baron's forces included 22 large ships, canons, and troops, while Ducasse's forces consisted of 7 ships and 1, buccaneers.
Then, San Felipe de Barajas also fell and the city came under bombardment. The Baron left after a month of plunder and Ducasse followed a week later. When King Philip II employed the Italian engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli to design a master plan of fortifications for Cartagena, construction would actually continue for the next two hundred years.
This accelerated the formation of a sand bar , which soon connected the Bocagrande Peninsula to the island of Tierrabomba. San Luis was replaced by San Fernando after the English raid. The city itself was circled with a ring of bastions connected by curtains.
The island of Getsemani was also fortified. Completed in , the fort was expanded in the 18th Century, and included underground corridors and galleries. Although the 18th century began poorly for the city economically, when the Bourbon dynasty discontinued the Carrera de Indias convoys. However, with the establishment of the Viceroyalty of New Granada and the colonial struggle with England, Cartagena took on the stronghold as the "gateway to the Indies of Peru". By , the city included 13, inhabitants with a garrison of The population reached 17, in By , the city was fully recovered.
At the same time, the slow but steady reforms of the restricted trade policies in the Spanish Empire encouraged the establishment of new trade houses and private projects.
He is also known for designing the Puerta del Reloj starting in Starting in mid-April , the city endured a siege by a large English armada under the command of Admiral Edward Vernon. The English armada included 50 warships, transport ships, and 25, men, including 2, North American colonial infantry.
The North Americans then took La Popa hill. Following a failed attack on San Felipe Barajas on 20 April , which left British dead and another 1, taken prisoner, Vernon lifted the siege. By that time he had many sick men from tropical diseases. An interesting footnote to the battle, was the inclusion of George Washington 's half brother, Lawrence Washington , amongst the British colonial troops.
Lawrence later named his Mount Vernon estate in honor of his commander. This engineer continued the work to make Cartagena impregnable, including the construction from to , of a yards long underwater jetty across the Bocagrande called the Escollera.
After Vernon, what is called the 'Silver Age' of the city — began. This time was one of permanent expansion of the existing buildings, massive immigration from all the other cities of the Viceroyalty , increase of the economic and political power of the city and a population growth spurt not equaled since that time. The good times of steady progress and advancement in the second half of the 18th century came to an abrupt end in with the general crisis of the Spanish Empire that came from the Mutiny of Aranjuez and all its consequences.
Among the censuses of the 18th century was the special Census of , imposed by the governor of the time, D. Juan de Torrezar Diaz Pimienta — later Viceroy of New Granada — by order of the Marquis of Ensenada , Minister of Finance — so that he would be provided numbers for his Catastro tax project, which imposed a universal property tax he believed would contribute to the economy while at the same time increasing royal revenues dramatically.
The Census of , besides having significance for economic history, is interesting because each house had to be described in detail and its occupants enumerated, making the census an important tool  The census revealed what Ensenada had hoped.
For more than years, Cartagena was under Spanish rule. Finally on 11 November, a Declaration of Independence was signed proclaiming "a free state, sovereign and independent of all domination and servitude to any power on Earth".
Spain's reaction was to send a "pacifying expedition" under the command of Pablo Morillo , The Pacifier, and Pascual de Enrile, which included 59 ships, and 10, men. The city was placed under siege on 22 August The city was defended by men, cannons, and 8 ships plus ancillary small watercraft, under the command of Manuel del Castillo y Rada and Juan N.
By 5 December, about people per day died from hunger or disease, forcing to flee on vessels provided by the French mercenary Louis Aury. By that time, had died. Morillo, in retaliation after entering the city, shot nine of the rebel leaders on 24 February , at what is now known as the Camellon de los Martires.
A key engagement was the destruction of almost all of the royalist ships anchored on Getsemani Island on 24 June The Liberator spent 18 days in the city from 20—28 July , staying in the Government Palace in Proclamation Square and the guest of a banquet hosted by Jose Padilla at his residence on Calle Larga.
Cartagena faces the Caribbean Sea to the west. To the south is the Cartagena Bay, which has two entrances: Zona Norte, the area located immediately north of the airport contains the Hotel Las Americas, the urban development office of Barcelona de Indias, and several educational institutions.
The Downtown area of Cartagena has varied architecture, mainly a colonial style, but republican and Italian style buildings, such as the Cathedral's bell tower, can be seen. This plaza is surrounded by balconied colonial buildings. Shaded outdoor cafes line the street. The Office of Historical Archives devoted to Cartagena's history is not far away. Next to the archives is the Government Palace, the office building of the Governor of the Department of Bolivar. Across from the palace is the Cathedral of Cartagena , which dates back to the 16th century.
Nearby is the Tcherassi Hotel , a year-old colonial mansion renovated by designer Silvia Tcherassi. This university is a center of higher education opened to the public in the late 19th century. It has its own square, protected by the San Francisco Bastion.
A minute walk from downtown is the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas , located in el Pie de la Popa another neighborhood , the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies. The tunnels were all constructed in such a way as to make it possible to hear footsteps of an approaching enemy.
Some of the tunnels are open for viewing today. From the top of this construction the Caribbean Sea is visible. Once a district characterized by crime, Getsemani, just south of the ancient walled fortress, has become "Cartagena's hippest neighborhood and one of Latin America's newest hotspots", with plazas that were once the scene of drug dealing being reclaimed and old buildings being turned into boutique hotels.
The Bocagrande Big Mouth is an area known for its skyscrapers. The area contains the bulk of the city's tourist facilities, such as hotels, shops, restaurants, nightclubs and art galleries.
The beaches of Bocagrande, lying along the northern shore, are made of volcanic sand, which is slightly grayish in color. This makes the water appear muddy, though it is not.
On the bay side of the peninsula of Bocagrande is a seawalk. In the center of the bay is a statue of the Virgin Mary. The Naval Base is also located in Bocagrande, looking at the Bay.
Cartagena features a tropical wet and dry climate. The climate tends to be hot and windy. The main economic activities in Cartagena are industry, tourism, and commerce. The port of Cartagena is one of the largest of South America. In , Miss Colombia was founded in Cartagena de Indias.
Free zones are areas within the local territory which enjoy special customs and tax rules. They are intended to promote the industrialization of goods and provision of services aimed primarily at foreign markets and also the domestic market. As the commercial and touristic hub of the country, the city has many transportation facilities, particularly in the seaport, air, and fluvial areas. In ,  the city started building Transcaribe , a mass transit system. In the system began operating in the city.
The city is linked to the northern part of the Caribbean Region through roads 90 and 90A, more commonly called Central Caribbean Road. Taxis in the city perimeter do not have fare meters. The following roads are in the southeast portion of the city: Going also to Sincelejo , but avoiding the mountains, connects with Road 25 in the forementioned city. Also more companies prefer to serve the Colombian market from Cartagena, due to better geographical and atmospheric conditions. After Colombian independence, the canal was abandoned.
Increasing centralization left the city without resources to maintain it. Some improvements were made by local authorities in the s. This was discontinued because of legal objections from the central government that decreed that the "maintenance" of the canal did not fall under the jurisdiction of the local government. From then on, maintenance of the canal has been delayed, though it is still functional.
Cartagenian political leaders have argued that this state of affairs might change with a return to pre-independence funding and tax system. Under such systems the canal would be maintained properly and even expanded, benefiting the national economy. Cartagena is one of the few cities in the world with a submarine emissary inaugurated in The emissary is the third largest in the world. The first carnivals and western theaters that served in New Granada operated on, what is today, Calle del Coliseo.
The main football club in the city is Real Cartagena. The port, the fortresses and the group of monuments of Cartagena were selected in by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO as significant to the heritage of the world, having the most extensive fortifications in South America. They are significant, too, for being located in a bay that is part of the Caribbean Sea.
A system of zones divides the city into three neighborhoods: San Sebastian and Santa Catalina with the cathedral and many palaces where the wealthy lived and the main government buildings functioned; San Diego or Santo Toribio, where merchants and the middle class lived; and Getsemani, the suburban popular quarters. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other places with the same name, see Cartagena.
This article contains too many or misplaced pictures, charts or diagrams for its overall length. Learn how and when to remove this template message. The policies of the Bourbon Dynasty in Spain, such as those of Philip V , stimulated the economic growth and consolidation of the Spanish America. The final serious attempt to take the city and invade New Granada was made by Edward Vernon , who failed in one of the biggest military expeditions ever sent there.
Blas de Lezo the one-eyed, one-legged, one-handed Spanish mariner was one of those who defended the city in On March 19, he was ordained as a Jesuit priest. Peter cared for the African slaves for thirty-eight years, defending the life and the dignity of the slaves. After four years of sickness, Peter died in Two services were held for him: In , the Roman Catholic Church canonized Peter.
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