Colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, Venezuela won its independence in 1821 after a ten-year struggle. It did not, however, emerge as a separate nation until its secession from federation with Colombia in 1830. It is a major oil-exporting country, with the industry based on the area around Lake Maracaibo in the northwest
Spanish, literally 'little Venice', named by early explorers when they saw native houses built on stilts over water.
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- Let us not keep injecting hate into the family of Venezuelans.
- We must work to guarantee that the will of the majority of Venezuelans manifests itself and is respected.
- The number of Venezuelans living in extreme poverty doubled between 1999 and 2003, Chavez's first five years as president.
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