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Carthagena

Capital of New Granada, in South America, unsuccessfully attacked in 1747 by Admiral Vernon.

Wasteful, forth
Walks the dire power of pestilent disease ...
Such as, of late, at Carthagena quenched
The British fire. You, gallant Vernon, saw
The miserable scene; you, pitying, saw
To infant-weakness sunk the warrior's arm.

Thomson: Summer, 1034-43.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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