Venezuela had become one of the wealthiest and most rapidly changing countries on the continent. Income from petroleum exports enabled Venezuela to carry out huge industrial development and modernization programs. Venezuela lies on the north coast of South America along the Caribbean Sea. Mountain ranges extend across much northern Venezuela, which is the most densely populated region of the country. Caracas, the capital and largest city, lies in this region. Vast plains called the Llanos spread across central Venezuela. High plateaus and low mountains cover the south. Nearly all Venezuelans speak Spanish. Most of the people are descendants of Europeans, American Indians, and Africans who intermarried. The famous explorer Christopher Columbus landed in what is now Venezuela in 1498 on his third voyage to the New World. It was his landing on the mainland of Americas. Spain rules Venezuela for about three hundred years. In 1811, Venezuela declared its independence.

Roman Catholicism has long been the traditional religion in Venezuela, and most people are baptized Catholics. But it is not official religion, and the Constitution guarantee freedom of worship. Venezuela has four major regions. They are the Maracaibo Basin, the Andean Highlands, the Llanos, and the Guiana Highlands. The Andean Highlands begin southwest of the Marcaibo Basin and extend across northern Venezuela. Most of Venezuela's people live in this region. The region has three sections. They are, from west to east; the Mérida Range, the Central Highlands, and the Northeastern Highlands.

* Taken from The World Book Encyclopedia. (Chicago: World Book, Inc.), pg 298-304.

 

 

Virgin of Coromoto and Child

La Vierge de Coromoto et l'Enfant

Date: 10/06/52; Scott: 641; Y&T: 420

 

 

Virgin of Coromoto and Child

La Vierge de Coromoto et l’Enfant

Date: 1953; Scott: 642; Y&T: 421

 

 

Virgin of Coromoto and Child

La Vierge de Coromoto et l’Enfant

Date: 1953; Scott: 643; Y&T: 422

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: 569; Y&T: 431

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: 570; Y&T: 432

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: 571; Y&T: 433

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: 572; Y&T: 434

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: 573; Y&T: 435

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: 574; Y&T: 436

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: 575; Y&T: 437

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: C473; Y&T: 465

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: C474;
Y&T: 466

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: C475; Y&T: 467

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: C476; Y&T: 468

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: C477; Y&T: 469

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: C478; Y&T: 470

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: C479; Y&T: 471

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: C480; Y&T: 472

 

 

Arms of Merida and a Church

Armoiries de merida et une église

Date: 02/13/53; Scott: C481; Y&T: 473

 

 

Arms of Trujillo and

Bolivar

Monument

Armoiries de Trujillo et le monument

de Bolivar

Date: 11/17/58; Scott: 725; Y&T: 579

 

 

Arms of Trujillo and

Bolivar Monument

Armoiries de Trujillo et le monument

de Bolivar

Date: 11/17/58; Scott: 726; Y&T: 580

 

 

Arms of Trujillo and

 Bolivar Monument

Armoiries de Trujillo et le monument

de Bolivar

Date: 11/17/58; Scott: 727; Y&T: 581

 

 

Arms of Trujillo and

Bolivar Monument

Armoiries de Trujillo et le monument 

de Bolivar

Date: 11/17/58; Scott: 728; Y&T: 582

 

 

Arms of Trujillo and

Bolivar Monument

Armoiries de Trujillo et le monument

 de Bolivar

Date: 11/17/58; Scott: 729; Y&T: 583

 

 

Arms of Trujillo and

Bolivar Monument

Armoiries de Trujillo et le monument

 de  Bolivar

Date: 11/17/58; Scott: 730; Y&T: 584

 

 

Arms of Trujillo and

Bolivar Monument

Armoiries de Trujillo et le monument

de  Bolivar

Date: 11/17/58; Scott: 731; Y&T: 585

 

 

Arms of Trujillo and

Bolivar Monument

Armoiries de Trujillo et le monument

de  Bolivar

Date: 11/17/58; Scott: 732; Y&T: 586

 

 

Arms of Trujillo and

Bolivar Monument

Armoiries de Trujillo et le monument

de Bolivar

Date: 11/17/58; Scott: 733; Y&T: 587

 

 

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