Venezuela's economy is extremely important, and contributes to many things.  Ninety-five percent of Venezuela's exports earnings is from crude oil, and about forty percent of the total government budget revenues.  Venezuela is the top producer in manufacturing and selling crude oil in South America.  The country's top buyers for their oil is the United States, Brazil and China.  Without Venezuela's economy, which is their huge manufacturing in crude oil, we may not have this oil as much as we do today.

Venezuela's is a very diverse place.  From huge mountains, to wide river plains and everything in-between.  Venezuela is normally separated into 7 regional places: the Llanos, the Guiana Highlands, the coastal plains and islands, Lake Maracaibo Lowlands, the Andes Mountains, the Segovia Highlands, and the coastal mountain system.  Venezuela majority of the time has an average temperature of 75 degrees plus, but depending on elevation the temperature can change drastically.  Venezuela has two main seasons.  The dry season, which begins in December and ends around March, and the wet season, which begins around May and ends around November.  

Venezuela's history is very interesting.  On Christopher Columbus's third voyage in 1498 he arrived in Venezuela.  Europeans begin to live there, where they fished for pearls, and captured the natives for slave trading.  The first spanish settlement in Venezuela did not occur until 1523.  Although Spanish were settled there, Germans came in with colonizing rights and prepared to take the land, but did not find what they were looking for, which were precious metals.  So ownership of Venezuela was given back to Spain in 1546.  Venezuela tried many times to become and independent country, but did not succeed until 1829.  

African, Indian, and European influence makes up a lot of Venezuela's culture.  A big part of Venezuela's and any hispanic culture is its food.  In Venezuela, the national food is an arepa.  An arepa is sort of like a sandwich in a way.  It's cornmeal bread usually stuffed with beef, pork, chicken or capybara.  (A capybara is the world's largest rodent, it's like a rat the size of a labrador.)  Another food Venezuela is famous for is a hallaca, which is a sweet cornmeal dough cooked in banana leaves.  


"Venezuela." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 3 Nov. 2014.

"Caracas, capital of Venezuela." Photos/Illustrations. PhotoDisc, Inc. World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 3 Nov. 2014.

"Venezuela." Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2014. Web. 3 Nov. 2014.

Angel Falls. Video. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 3 Nov. 2014.

Comment Stream