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Author Gabriel García Márquez began his career as a writer and journalist in the coastal cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla. It was here that he and friends began to read, among others, the works of William Faulkner .

This huge wall around the old city of Cartagena was a structure built to protect such treasures as gold and emeralds from pirates and privateers. Sir Francis Drake, a famous British voyager during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, ransacked the city in 1686 after the fortresses were enlarged and strengthened.
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