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The iconic palenqueras – Afro-Colombian women in bright ... - Secret World

San Basilio de Palenque, Mahates, Dipartimento di Bolívar, Colombia

by Karen Saldana
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Overview

The iconic palenqueras – Afro-Colombian women in bright dresses selling fruit in Cartagena’s plazas – are internationally recognised as a symbol of the city. However, few people realise that they come from the UNESCO-recognised village of San Basilio de Palenque (located just an hour from the city), the first freed slave settlement in the Americas and the home of a completely unique language.