Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Walls of Cartagena

When the Spanish ruled the Caribbean, Cartagena de Indias was the jewel of the empire. All the silver from Peru and gold from Mexico came through the port on its way to Spain. With all these riches it was a pirates dream, but also feared because it was known as one of the most impenetrable fortresses, defended by huge fleets. Very few buccaneers dared challenge its walls and firepower. But famously, Sir Francis Drake with backing from the Queen of England, sacked the city in 1586, holding it for a month before receiving a ransom of 200 million dollars. Today, the pirates and treasures are gone but you can see why someone would fight over it.

The people, the buildings, and the wall around city are reminders of Cartagena's long past. The wall which once kept people out is now where locals come to watch the sunset, fly a kite, play futbol, or just to be with friends.


Bett Addams Williams said...

what a delightful post! my smile goes from ear to ear!! :-) Ba'B

foster said...

Those wall-walkers are breath-taking! I can feel the light-heartedness in every shot - hooray for that.

Addie said...

I wish I were there.... Seems to have a very relaxed vibe.