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Se llama así desde 1643, año en que la Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad fue terminada de construir. Tiempo después, siendo Cartagena independiente de la Corona Española, el Cabildo dispuso que se le llamara Plaza de la Libertad, en honor de los habitantes del barrio Getsemaní que se congregaban en dicha plaza y quienes participaron el 11 de noviembre de 1811 en la revolución que traería como consecuencia la firma del Acta de Independencia. También se cuenta que desde el propio atrio de la iglesia los caudillos exhortaban al pueblo enardecido.
South America makes up the southern half of the Americas and a large part of Latin America. It's home to the world's longest mountain range, biggest waterfall and largest river -- even these mammoths pale in comparison to the stunning variety of life forms thriving in the rainforest. To the northwest, off the coast of Ecuador, lie the Galapagos Islands, which are unique for hosting species not found anywhere else on earth. These were the subject of study for Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution, which he himself said will require proof in every single case. The main languages in South America are Spanish and Portugese, which basically tells you which European countries colonized the place. The South American wars of independence took place over two decades in the early 19th century, led by Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Jose san Martin of Argentina. Following liberation from Portugal and Spain, South America took off into its own development, capitalizing on the rich deposits of oil, gold, copper, silver and tango musicians. Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to one of the world's best parties, Carnaval. Have you heard of samba music? How about bossa nova? Maybe dancing for three days straight? I can't say enough good things about South America. All the world's continents have amazing secrets and treasures laying in wait for your discovery, but in South America... just have a look at our pictures while you're waiting for online confirmation of your plane tickets to hit your inbox.Text by Steve Smith.