February 15, 2014

Visiting Cartagena's Historic Wall

As I explained in my first blog about a recent trip to Cartagena, Colombia, this area was a rich source of gold and other precious metals and the Bay of Cartagena was the starting point for ships filled with such treasures heading to Spain.  Consequently,  it became an attractive target for pirates and other marauding bands to frequently attack and plunder.  After many years of turbulence, Spain's king ordered that the city be fortified by a massive wall.  The project took a couple of centuries, but when complete, the existing city was completely surrounded and quite safe.  Today, Cartagena's historic wall is a popular gathering spot for locals and a "must see" for tourists.  I had a wonderful time walking upon it.

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