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The city of Carthaginian was founded by the Spanish in 1533 and served for a long time as a transit point for shipments of treasures to Europe. It included a port on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, from which gold was shipped to ships for onward shipment to Spain. Many famous pirates of that time had been to Kartashan. More than once the pirates were subjected to destruction in those early days. The famous traveler and pirate, Frédéric Drayek, was able to obtain a large purchase from Chartaquin. Thanks to the power of the Fort of Caglielho-Can Felipe de Barrachas, the city resisted capture by an Anglican expedition in 1741.

After the country gained independence, the village fell into decline, which was caused by the cessation of trading activities. Only in the 1920s did it succeed in reviving its economy by discovering oil fields and constructing an oil pipeline to Kartartouhain. It is now known as a major oil port and is known for its historic facilities, many of which are now World Heritage sites.

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 850,000 people
  • GDP: $5,806 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 115V60Hz
  • Internet: 11 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Tigo
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners
  • Tipping: On most restaurant bills in Colombia, there is a 10% voluntary (propina voluntaria). While you are not required to pay it, nearly everybody does. The staff members typically share the tip money. If you had exceptional service, you can decide to leave an extra tip in cash.
  • Apartment listings: Flipkey
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best coffee 24/7: Hampton By Hilton Cartagena
  • Best coffee: Isabella Jeans Coffee
  • Best taxi: Tappsi
  • Best coworking space: Fundacin Surtigas
  • Online electronics shop: Falabella
  • Best hospital: Clinica Las Americas
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Copa Airlines
  • Best intl air carrier: Avianca
  • Monthly costs for expat: $950
  • Monthly costs for family: $2200
  • Monthly costs for local: $650
  • Meal: $4
  • Small Cola: $0.4
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1.4
  • Coffee: $1.6

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