Being Cartagena the most important port in South America, it was the entrance to this New World, "The Key of the West Indies" as a historian named the continent.
Diverse merchandises and personalities of every category from Marquis to slaves arrived and disembarked here.
In the formation of the Typical Food of Cartagena intervened mainly the three races: indigenous, spanish and black, which contributed to the formation of the city in every aspect. When the conquerors and colonizers arrived, they found all sorts of exuberant vegetation of plants and fruits unknown at the Old World and now are a part of many dishes of universal gastronomy.
The indigenous cuisine was very primitive, on three rocks they roasted and boiled their foods with no spices nor the splendor of the aztecs or incas, where they presented real banquets to Montezuma. games-monitoring.com
Even though their influence leaves some dishes such as arepa, casabe or cazabi, buns or rolls, bitivity (a dish made of fermented corn), the cacao, the flour chocolate made of corn and cacao, they would count on yucca, guanabana, mamey, cacao, cherimoya, caimito, anon, corn, sweet potato, pineapple, melon, tomato, sweet chili, achiote, bijao or vixa, and coconuts which seems came floating from Polynesia.
In animals we had the turkey, guartinaja, five species of rabbits, turtles, crabs, jaibas, hicoteas, and diverse fish.
Teresita Román de Zurek