Venezuela

Darshon McMillion

Geography

What are some of the land forms in Venezuela?


There are many major land forms in the country of Venezuela. There is the Maracaibo Basin, home of the Maracaibo Lake and large deposits of petroleum. There is also the Andean Highlands, which is made up of the Merida Range, the Central Highlands, and the Northeastern Highlands. There are the Llanos between the Andean Highlands and Guiana Highlands, covered with many cattle ranches. Then there are the previously mentioned Guiana Highlands, which contains the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls.

Venezuela's History and Independence

How did Venezuela become independent?


Venezuela was ruled by Spain for more than 300 years. Though after many failed attempts to rebel, Venezuela declared independence in on July 5, 1811. After the first and second Venezuela republic was defeated, Simon Bolivar led Venezuela to victory in 1823. Venezuela then became part of Gran Colombia until 1830, where they became fully independent. Below is the Battle of Lake Maracaibo, which was the last battle in the war.

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Culture

What holidays do Venezuela celebrate and why?


Venezuela celebrates many different holidays across the year. One holiday Venezuelans celebrate is Simon Bolivar's birthday on July 24 for leading the country to independence. Another are the days of Carnival, celebrated before Lent before Easter, where Venezuelans have parades and other festivities. Finally, there is the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence on July 5, where Venezuelan congress adopted the Declaration not to be ruled under the Spanish crown.

Carnival 2015 (time unknown)

Monday, Feb. 16th 2015 at 12am to Tuesday, Feb. 17th 2015 at 12am

Venezuela

This is next year's Carnival, lasting two days.

Economy

What are some of Venezuela's main exports?


Venezuela has many resources, exports total coming to $96.9 billion as of 2012. The main export of Venezuela is petroleum, deposits found in many different places including Maracaibo Lake. There are also many different types of minerals including iron, nickel, coal, and bauxite, the ore for aluminum. One of the other main exports is hydroelectric power, which is what the Venezuelan electric sector relies on.

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