16 interesting facts about Venezuela

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

  1. The capital of Venezuela is Caracas.
  2. Venezuela gained independence from Spain in July 1811. It became an independent republic in the year 1821.bandera de Venezuela
  3. Venezuela is considered to be amongst the 17 most biodiverse countries of the world.
  4. Spanish and its indigenous dialects form the main languages of Venezuela.
  5. The currency of Venezuela is Bolivar.
  6. The highest point in Venezuela is formed by Pico Bolivar, at 5,007 m.
  7. Venezuela holds the distinction of being one of the most urbanized countries in Latin America.
  8. Kerepakupai-Meru, more popularly known as Angel Falls, makes up the world's highest free-falling waterfall.
  9. Lake Maracaibo of Venezuela is regarded as the largest lake in South America.
  10. The first European to find the coast of Venezuela was Christopher Columbus.
  11. Capybara, the largest rodent of the world, is found inhabiting the grassy plains (llanos) of Venezuela.
  12. Slavery was abolished in Venezuela in 1854.
  13. The petroleum industry accounts for half of the revenue of the government of Venezuela.
  14. The term Venezuela literally means ‘Little Venice’. The country was so named by its explorers, who saw houses built on stilts in a lake here, reminding them of Venice.
  15. Venezuela was the largest oil exporter in the world in the early twentieth century.
  16. Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest natural gas reserves.

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