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Rare Spanish Plan of Cartagena in 1735 .

Finely executed plan of Cartagena de las Indias (Colombia), then the most important port along the Spanish Main, from the scarce Spanish edition of the Relacion historica del viage a la America Meridional, published in Madrid in 1748.

Founded in 1533, Cartagena had become one of the primary conduits for the gold and silver which originated in the Peruvian Andes.

As shown on the map, the city rested upon low peninsulas guarding the Boca Chica. Heavily fortified by the Spanish, then modern designed walls and bastions are shown defending the City.

The various aspects of Cartagena's vast defensive network is detailed on the map's legend. The Castillo de San Felipe de Baragas is shown above the city. Various other aspects of the city, such as its many churches and public buildings, are also detailed in the legend, labeled.