Santa Marta

Santa Marta

[san-tuh mahr-tuh; Spanish sahn-tah mahr-tah]
noun
1.
a seaport in NW Colombia.
2.
a cactus, Heliocereus speciosus, of Mexico and Central America, having scarlet flowers 6–7 inches (15–17 cm) long.
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Santa Marta (Spanish ˈsanta ˈmarta)
 
n
a port in NW Colombia, on the Caribbean: the oldest city in Colombia, founded in 1525; terminus of the Atlantic railway from Bogotá (opened 1961). Pop: 454 000 (2005 est)

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city, northern Colombia. It is situated on a small bay of the Caribbean Sea, 40 miles (64 km) east-northeast of the mouth of the Magdalena River, to which it is connected by swampy channels and lakes. Founded in 1525, it is the oldest city in Colombia. It became a port for colonial New Granada, though it was of lesser importance than neighbouring Cartagena. Simon Bolivar, hero of the struggle for independence, died at an estate on the edge of the town in 1830

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