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A boy laughs as he peeks out from a truck in Palenque, which means "fortified escaped slave village", in Colombia May 21, 2008. Established in 1603 by a slave from nearby Cartagena, where slaves were sold by Portuguese traders and Spanish colonizers, it is now one of the few surviving such towns, jealously preserving a language and culture more African than Latin. Many of these villages were built throughout the Caribbean and Latin America but only the 3,000-resident Palenque survives with its distinct tradition intact. Picture taken on May 21, 2008. To match feature COLOMBIA-SLAVES/ REUTERS/Fredy Builes (COLOMBIA)