Venezuelan culture dating
This national stability is probably due to two factors: (1) Venezuela has an extremely small contemporary presence of indigenous communities to contest the national stability, and (2) until the 1990s Venezuela boasted an incredibly strong national economy. Venezuela is located on the northern (Caribbean) coast of South America.It has an area of 352,144 square miles (912,050 square kilometers) and is bordered by Guyana to the east, Brazil to the south, Colombia to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea to the north.The northernmost tip of the Andes' continental range runs through the northernmost part of Venezuela.Andean inhabitants are portrayed as conservative and reserved, having more in common culturally with other Andean populations than with the rest of the country.It was this environment that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) immortalized in his epic, The Lost World.Further south is the Amazonas with its hot and humid tropical forest.They also express pride in the fact that Venezuelan contestants either win or place very well in the yearly Miss World and Miss Universe beauty pageants.
The population is far from homogenous, however, and even the language spoken in the region still reflects both indigenous and African linguistic influence.
The Amazonas region is sparsely populated even though it includes 70 percent of Venezuela's indigenous population. Venezuela is mainly made up of four groups: mestizos, or pardos, (mixed European and Indian ancestry), comprising 67 percent of the population; white (European descent, mainly Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese), 2l percent; black (African and Caribbean descent), 10 percent; and Indian (Native Americans), 2 percent.
These groups tend to be regionally localized: The cities are mainly (but not exclusively) inhabited by whites and pardos; Indians occupy the remote Guianan and Amazonas interior; and blacks live along the Caribbean coastline.
In 1499, as a member of Christopher Columbus's third voyage to the Americas, Alonso de Ojeda made an initial reconnaissance of what is today Venezuela's northern Caribbean coast.
Ojeda named this region Venice because the indigenous houses were located on stilts above the Orinico River's current.