Corsarios iconoclastas en Cartagena de Indias, 1586
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Cartagena de Indias
Juan de Castellanos
From the attack carried out by English corsairs on the city of Cartagena de Indias in February 1586, we intend to contribute new elements to the under- standing of the use given to Catholic religious images during the 16th century. To this end, we will analyze three aspects related to the images that were attacked during the site: the identification of some works that the invaders could find; the meaning of the attack on the images, especially in what was written by the chronicler Juan de Castellanos; and the analysis of the English sources, where these iconoclastic acts are silenced. Through these three axes, the document proposes that the destructions against Catholic images at the hands of the English in Cartagena in 1586 can be considered as an American chapter of a European conflict that became global during the 16th century.