It became one of the first Spanish American colonies to declare independence (in 1811), but did not securely establish independence until 1821.
After the defeat of the Spanish by Simon Bolivar and his armies in 1819, it, along with Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama, formed the independent Republic of Gran.
This land was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498, and named Venezuela (Little Venice) by Amerigo Vespucci in 1499.
Venezuela was colonized by Spain in 1522 despite resistance from indigenous peoples.
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Several months ago a friend told me he wanted to go to Venezuela.
I withstood the dozen or so kidnapping ‘jokes’ and went down there with a backpack loaded with essentials, including a Frisbee, Clif bars, and electrolyte water (obviously I was counting on getting stranded on the beach with one other person).I bought a guide book and started researching the country, deciding that other than the political instability, it would be a nice place to visit.Besides, their obsession over beauty can only be a good thing for a potent male such as myself.Venezuela has a higher level of urban violence than Brazil generally and the worst in the world apart from El Salvador and Honduras, according to Jose Antonio Ortega Sanchez, the Citizen Council's president Caracas' soaring murder rate meant it overtook San Pedro Sula in Honduras, which dropped to number two due to a "significant decline" in the murder rate after being the world's violent city for the four previous consecutive years.The report blamed Venezuela's increasingly turbulent political and economic situation for Caracas's appearance and that of three other Venezuelan cities, Maturin and Valencia, which featured in the top 10 at five and seven respectively, and Ciudad Guayana, which was the 11th most violent.
The striking statistic in disclosed in a study released by the Mexico City-based Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice and is based on the number of murders per 100,000 inhabitants during 2015 in cities with a population of more than 300,000.