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[ven-uh-zwey-luh, -zwee-; Spanish be-ne-swe-lah]
a republic in N South America. 352,143 sq. mi. (912,050 sq. km). Capital: Caracas.
Also called Gulf of Maracaibo. a gulf of the Caribbean Sea between NW Venezuela and N Columbia Colombia, connecting to with Lake Maracaibo. 75 miles (120 km) long and up to 150 miles (240 km) wide.
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Caracas (kəˈrækəs, -ˈrɑː-, Spanish kaˈrakas)
the capital of Venezuela, in the north: founded in 1567; major industrial and commercial centre, notably for oil companies. Pop: 3 276 000 (2005 est)

Venezuela (ˌvɛnɪˈzweɪlə)
1.  Official name: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela a republic in South America, on the Caribbean: colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century; independence from Spain declared in 1811 and won in 1819 after a war led by Simón Bolívar. It contains Lake Maracaibo and the northernmost chains of the Andes in the northwest, the Orinoco basin in the central part, and the Guiana Highlands in the south. Exports: petroleum, iron ore, and coffee. Official language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: bolívar. Capital: Caracas. Pop: 26 170 000 (2004 est). Area: 912 050 sq km (352 142 sq miles)
2.  Gulf of Venezuela an inlet of the Caribbean in NW Venezuela: continues south as Lake Maracaibo

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Caracas [(kuh-rah-kuhs)]

Capital of Venezuela and the largest city in the country, located in northern Venezuela near the Caribbean Sea; commercial, industrial, and cultural center of the nation.

Venezuela definition

Republic in northern South America, bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north, Guyana to the east, Brazil to the south, and Colombia to the southwest and west. Its capital and largest city is Caracas.

Note: Venezuela is rich in oil, which accounts for about ninety percent of its export income. Because of its revenue from oil, Venezuela has the highest per capita national income in Latin America. It was a founder of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Note: Venezuela became independent from Spain in 1821.
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His captors took him to an isolated house in southern caracas.
Small and medium industry also contribute to the economic capacity of caracas.
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