Cartagena de las Indias is a large city on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. It has a population of a little over 950,000 people. Pedro de Heredia founded the Spanish Colonial city in 1533, naming it after Cartagena, Spain. It became a holding place for gold and treasures from the Americas until ships came to bring them back to Spain. As a result, many pirates and privateers tried to attack the city. The Spanish had to keep increasing the city’s defenses, including building the old wall.
Cartagena really feels like three seperate cities in one: the downtown or old city, the modern suburb of Bocagrande on the beach, and the working class neighborhoods around the two. In 1984 the colonial old city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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