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Caracas

(Encyclopedia) Caracas kəră´kəs, kərä´–, Span. kärä´käs [key], city (1990 pop. 1,824,892), Federal Dist., N Venezuela, the capital and largest city of the country, near the Caribbean Sea. Its po...

La Guaira

(Encyclopedia) La Guaira lä gwī´rä [key], city (1990 pop. 23,831), capital of Vargas state, N Venezuela, on the Caribbean Sea NW of Caracas. It is the principal international port of Venezuela; cacao, co...

Macuto

(Encyclopedia) Macuto mäko͞o´tō [key], city (1990 pop. 13,937), Vargas state, N central Venezuela. Macuto is a popular beach resort near Caracas and adjoining La Guaira. ...

Cúcuta

(Encyclopedia) Cúcuta ko͞o´ko͞otä [key], city (1993 pop. 459,640), capital of Norte de Santander dept., NE Colombia, near the Venezuelan border, on the eastern cordillera of the Colombian Andes. An indu...

Leoni, Raúl

(Encyclopedia) Leoni, Raúl räo͞ol´ lāō´nē [key], 1905–72, president of Venezuela (1964–69). As a student (1921) he was jailed for political activity and during the next 37 years was several times...

Pérez Jiménez, Marcos

(Encyclopedia) Pérez Jiménez, Marcos mär´kōs pā´rās hēmā´nās [key], 1914–2001, president of Venezuela (1952–58). As an army captain he took part in the coup that installed (1945) the Democrat...

Carlos the Jackal

(Encyclopedia) Carlos the Jackal, pseud. of the revolutionary and international terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, 1949–, b. Caracas, Venezuela. Son of an affluent Marxist lawyer, he joined the Commu...

Venezuela Claims

(Encyclopedia) Venezuela Claims. In 1902, due to civil strife and to gross mismanagement during the administration of Cipriano Castro , Venezuelan finances were chaotic. Great Britain, Germany, and Ital...

Benacerraf, Baruj

(Encyclopedia) Benacerraf, Baruj bä´ro͞okh bĕnăs´ərəf [key], 1920–2011, American immunologist, b. Caracas, Venezuela, grad. Columbia (B.S., 1942), Medical College of Virginia (M.D., 1945). Raised i...

Miranda, Francisco de

(Encyclopedia) Miranda, Francisco de fränsē´skō ᵺā mērän´dä [key], 1750–1816, Venezuelan revolutionist and adventurer. A hero of the struggle for independence from Spain, he is sometimes called ...