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1. A city of northern Colombia on the Bay of Cartagena, an inlet of the Caribbean Sea. Founded in 1533, Cartagena was once the richest port on the Spanish Main.
2. A city of southeast Spain on the Mediterranean Sea south-southeast of Murcia. It was settled c. 225 bc and soon became the chief Carthaginian sea base in Spain.


(ˌkɑːtəˈdʒiːnə; Spanish kartaˈxena)
1. (Placename) a port in NW Colombia, on the Caribbean: centre for the Inquisition and the slave trade in the 16th century; chief oil port of Colombia. Pop: 1 002 000 (2005 est)
2. (Placename) a port in SE Spain, on the Mediterranean: important since Carthaginian and Roman times for its minerals. Pop: 194 203 (2003 est)


(ˌkɑr təˈdʒi nə, -ˈgeɪ nə, -ˈheɪ-)

1. a seaport in SE Spain. 168,809.
2. a seaport in N Colombia. 745,689.
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Noun1.Cartagena - a port in southeastern Spain on the MediterraneanCartagena - a port in southeastern Spain on the Mediterranean
Espana, Kingdom of Spain, Spain - a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
2.Cartagena - a port city in northwestern Colombia on the Caribbean
Colombia, Republic of Colombia - a republic in northwestern South America with a coastline on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; achieved independence from Spain in 1821 under the leadership of Simon Bolivar; Spanish is the official language
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"Senor," replied the youth, "in this bundle I carry velvet pantaloons to match this jacket; if I wear them out on the road, I shall not be able to make a decent appearance in them in the city, and I have not the wherewithal to buy others; and so for this reason, as well as to keep myself cool, I am making my way in this fashion to overtake some companies of infantry that are not twelve leagues off, in which I shall enlist, and there will be no want of baggage trains to travel with after that to the place of embarkation, which they say will be Carthagena; I would rather have the King for a master, and serve him in the wars, than serve a court pauper."
Alicant, Carthagena, Palos, and Malaga will be passed but a mile or two distant, and Gibraltar reached in about twenty-four hours.
Humboldt has observed, that, "under the torrid zone, the smallest marshes are the most dangerous, being surrounded, as at Vera Cruz and Carthagena, with an arid and sandy soil, which raises the temperature of the ambient air." [5] On the coast of Peru, however, the temperature is not hot to any excessive degree; and perhaps in consequence, the intermittent fevers are not of the most malignant order.
Top price was PS94 for a pair of ewes consigned by S&D Ferrie, Carthagena Farm which were purchased by A Atkinson livestock.
In the dock George Corbett, 28, of College Street; Ryan Hyslop, 26, of Birchwood Place; Jack Jones, 21, of Stewartry Court; and CraigWilson, of Carthagena Avenue, all Dumfries, denied behaving in a threatening manner on the train in March last year, making threats of violence and refusing to stop when requested.
Japan, represented by Taizo Sugitani (De Muze Heroine), Shota Ogumori (Iron Man Sig), Toshiki Masui (Carthagena 6) and Daisuke Fukushima (Cornet 36) scored a 11.74 error rate to secure the silver.
Japan represented by Taizo Sugitani with his horse De Muze Heroine, Shota Ogumori (Iron Man Sig), Toshiki Masui (Carthagena 6) and Daisuke Fukushima (Cornet 36) tallied 12.74 score to walk away with the silver.
Charles, the central house for the Cincinnati province, located in Carthagena, Ohio.