Cartagena has a population of 892,545 as of the 2005 census. It is the fifth-largest city in Colombia and the second largest in the region, after Barranquilla. The urban area of Cartagena is also the fifth-largest urban area in the country. Economic activities include maritime and petrochemicals industry, as well as tourism. Cartagena’s population is 70% Black.
People pass by a poster that in Spanish reads “People vote yes for peace” in Cartagena, Colombia, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, the day after the government signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, to end over 50 years of conflict. Colombians must now show even more determination to implement an ambitious accord that will test their capacity for reconciliation and willingness to address longstanding inequality. The first test is a referendum this weekend in which voters are being asked to ratify or reject the deal. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)