Venezuela

By Margaret Tran

Culture

What type of unique holiday celebrations do they celebrate, when and why?


In December, some Venezuelans make life sized dolls to represent problems of the past year. Then at midnight of New Years Eve, the dolls are burned to mark the new year. Most towns and cities have a patron saint, and hold annual "ferias." Festivals include bullfighting, street dances, craft exhibits, and beauty contests. Also, at this festival, there are statues of Simon Bolivar are decorated with colorful wreaths to honor him.
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Geography

What is the climate of this country and what type of land forms do they have?


The climate is tropical, hot, and humid. It is more moderate in the highlands. Mountain ranges stretches across much of the northern Venezuela. Lake Maracaibo is the largest lake in South America located in the northwest. Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, is 3,212 feet (979 meters). A flat grassland spreads across central Venezuela followed by cattle ranches and farms that cover up much of the region. On the eastern part of Venezuela are important oil fields. On the southern part of the country, there are low mountains and tropical rain forests.

Resources/Economy

What environmental issues is this country currently facing? Does it impact any natural resources?


Pollution is a major problem and is found in mostly towns and cities in Venezuela. Oil is the most natural resource. A lot of people have a hard time finding jobs, so much of the population live in poverty. If the price drops, the whole economy drops. Although, It may affect many natural resources as of mining because of price drops.

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History

Who was the fist person to discover Venezuela, how did it get its name?


Christopher Columbus landed in 1498, his third voyage to the "New World." When European explorers saw this country, they were reminded of Little Venice, a city in Italy, so they named a Spanish version of Venice, Venezuela, since Venice in Italy is full of canals.