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India Catalina - Monument Cartagena - Colombia

This monument was sculpted by Eladio Gil Zambrana and erected in 1974. India Catalina, an indigenous woman and the supposed daughter of a chief from Colombia’s Atlantic coast, accompanied Pedro de Heredia to Cartagena’s shores in the 16th century and served as his interpreter during the Spanish conquest. She was fluent in Spanish and the native language, adopted the Catholic religion, and later married Pedro de Heredia’s nephew. Heredia’s conquest went on to completely annihilated the Calamari people who had previously lived in Cartagena. Today, India Catalina symbolizes the fading pre-Colombian inhabitants. At the same time, she serves as a tribute to the Caribe culture and the original inhabitants of this region. Smaller replicas of her statue are used to award winners of the Cartagena Film Festival.


Avenida Venezuela and Avenida Luis Carlos López

Cartagena, Colombia

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Here are other activities in and around Cartagena that may be of interest: Muelle de los Pegasos and el Camellón de los Martires and El Torre del Reloj.

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