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Overview of Venezuela history culture etc None Venezuela is probably best known for being a leading producer of petroleum products It is however a diverse county in both culture and economy Located in northern South America its most southern point is a single degree north of the equator Of the 352145 square miles many are on the Caribbean Sea Venezuela can be divided into four regions the Maracaibo Basin Andean Highlands Llanos and Guiana Highlands The Maracaibo Basin named for river maracaibo the largest in Venezuela is in the northwest The Andean highlands are south west of the basin and consist of three mountain ranges the Merida range Central Highlands and Northeast Highlands The Merida range houses the highest peek in Venezuela Pico Bolivar so named for Simon Bolivar The great population of Venezuela is localized in the Andean Highlands and Maracaibo Basin The river Orinoco runs through the Llanos They are frequented by yearly floods in the many waterways In the Guiana Highlands Angel Falls can be found First seen from an airplane by American pilot Jimmy Angel they are the highest water falls in the world The people of Venezuela named little Venice by the Spaniards were comprised of two Indian groups the Arawak and Carib Those of the west and east In the early 1500s Spaniards colonized Venezuela chiefly for its pearls Such could be found along the Caribbean Sea this was named the Pearl Coast It was not until the 1800s that Venezuela fought for its independence Simon Bolivar was the leader in this revolution Today Venezuela is a federal republic consisting of twenty states Elections are held for voters 18 and older The Venezuelan capitol is Caracas and the president is elected for a five year term Venezuelas greatest asset is petroleum At one time Venezuela was the worlds leading exporter of oil but now is only one leader Early in Venezuelan oil
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