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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Brief History of Venezuela!!?!?!?!?

Can someone give me a SHORT (1 paragraph) history of Venezuela or a link??

All the ones i find are too long!!

please and thank you


3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    The only way to give a history like that is very brief and it will seem like a joke, but here it goes. The region started out as a colony of Portugal. Soon it like the United States wanted independence. There was a war Venezuela won. Since then the nation has been involved in several civil wars. Now the country is a member of OPEC and has a voice on the world stage.

    There you have it, it would be much better if you just looked up a time line for Venezuela though, and more accurate.

  • 1 decade ago

    I got you a better one, just like the first answerer said, venezuela was a province of portugal, but later it claimed independence as "The Great Colombia" (or La Gran Colombia" in spanish), which at the time were three regions together (Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador), but later, because of centralism, all regions decided to separate, and each claimed independence, being named Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, each a separate country, all sharing same languages and backgrounds because of all the history they went trough in times of independence by the same man (Simon Bolivar - "El Libertador"). The name VENEZUELA comes from "Little Venice" just like the italian province, conquerers came from the coast and saw all the indian housing floating in water and thats why they named it that way (Little Venice) or Venezuela. Thats a very brief history or early times, later on, all the dictatorship days came, but it was already a formed nation.

    Source(s): I am a native Venezuelan
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Human habitation of Venezuela is estimated to have commenced at least 15,000 years ago, from which period leaf-shaped flake tools, together with chopping and plano-convex scraping implements, have been found in western Venezuela.Late Pleistocene hunting artifacts, including spear tips, have been found and date from 13,000 to 7,000 BC. In the 16th century, when the Spanish colonization of Venezuela began, indigenous peoples such as the Mariches were systematically killed. Indian leaders attempted to resist Spanish incursions, but were ultimately subdued; Tamanaco himself, by order of Caracas' founder Diego de Losada, was also put to death.

    Venezuela was first colonized by Europeans in 1522, when it hosted the Spanish Empire's first permanent South American settlement[citation needed] in what is now Cumaná. Originally part of the Viceroyalty of Peru, most of Venezuela eventually became part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada; portions of eastern Venezuela were incorporated into New Andalusia. After a series of unsuccessful uprisings, Venezuela—under the leadership of Francisco de Miranda,declared independence on 5 July 1811. However, a devastating earthquake that struck Caracas in 1812, together with the rebellion of the Venezuelan llaneros, helped bring down the first Venezuelan republic.

    Sovereignty was only attained after Simón Bolívar aided by José Antonio Páez and Antonio José de Sucre, won the Battle of Carabobo on 24 June 1821. José Prudencio Padilla's victory in the Battle of Lake Maracaibo on 24 July 1823 helped seal Venezuelan independence. New Granada's congress gave Bolívar control of the Granadian army; leading it, he liberated several countries and founded Gran Colombia. Sucre, who won many battles for Bolívar, succeeded him as leader after his death. Venezuela remained part of Gran Colombia until 1830, when a rebellion led by Páez allowed the proclamation of a new Republic of Venezuela; Páez became its first president.

    During the first half of the 20th century, military strongmen continued to dominate, though they generally allowed for social reforms and promoted economic growth. Following the death of Juan Vicente Gómez in 1935, pro-democracy movements eventually forced the military to withdraw from direct involvement in national politics in 1958. Since that year, Venezuela has had a series of democratically elected governments. The discovery of massive oil deposits during World War I prompted an economic boom that lasted into the 1980s; by 1935, Venezuela's per capita GDP was Latin America's highest, and globalization and heavy immigration from Southern Europe and poorer Latin American countries markedly diversified Venezuelan society.

    The collapse of oil prices in the 1980s crippled the Venezuelan economy; together with rising poverty and worsening social indicators, this led to increasing political instability, resulting in three major coup attempts, two in 1992 and another in 2002. The tenure of current president Hugo Chávez attracted no less controversy, as it accompanied a period of heightened polarization and radicalization in Venezuela that continues to persist. Venezuela continues to enact a program of wide-ranging socialist reforms while placing more emphasis on the nation's future as a part of a more integrated Latin America.

    Source(s): LIFE
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