The CORE and history of Cartagen starts in Palenque
What can I say? This experience left me speechless. With the help of Alex Rocha I was brought to San Basilio de Palenque to learn about the history of Colombia.
San Basilio de Palenque is a village which is know for being the first settlement of free Africans in the Americas. Spaniards introduced kidnapped African slaves in South America through the Magdalena River Valley. Its mouth is close to the important port of Cartagena de Indias where ships full of Africans arrived. Some Africans escaped and set up Palenque de San Basilio, a town close to Cartagena. They tried to free all African slaves arriving at Cartagena and were quite successful. Therefore, the Spanish Crown issued a Royal Decree (1691), guaranteeing freedom to the Palenque de San Basilio Africans. These Africans were the First Free Africans in America. With a history like that this town was full of pride, culture and the truth behind Cartagena's flowery exterior on the shore. Emotional, inspiring and educational - this was the most important and powerful part of my trip. Message Alex to get the tour info - firstname.lastname@example.org