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| 12/22/2010 12:00:00 AM

Colombia's boom town

December 22--As tourists swarm Cartagena, the country looks to spread the wealth.

Four giant cruise ships recently docked within hours of one another in this Spanish colonial port city and disgorged 6,000 foreign passengers. Most headed to Old Cartagena for a day of sightseeing and shopping, jamming the narrow streets of what many believe is the best preserved colonial city on the continent.

Many of the day-trippers walked the 16th-century stone walls that still ring the historic center. Looking out to the Caribbean, they could imagine the corsairs of Sir Francis Drake, the English pirate who sacked the city in 1586. Others trudged to the top of San Felipe fortress or taxied to a monastery atop La Popa hill for the panoramic view. Or they passed through the forbidding doors of the Palace of the Inquisition to see instruments of torture.
 
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