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Venezuela

Pronunciation: /ˌvɛnɪˈzweɪlə/
Pronunciation: /beneˈswela/
A republic on the north coast of South America, with a coastline on the Caribbean Sea; population 26,814,800 (est. 2009); official language, Spanish; capital, Caracas. Official name Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, Venezuela won its independence in 1821 after a ten-year struggle, but did not finally emerge as a separate nation until its secession from federation with Colombia (1830). It is a major oil-exporting country, with the industry based on the area around Lake Maracaibo in the north-west

Origin

Spanish, literally 'little Venice', named by early explorers when they saw native houses built on stilts over water.

Words that rhyme with Venezuela

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