13 Facts About Maracaibo


Maracaibo is a city and municipality in northwestern Venezuela, on the western shore of the strait that connects Lake Maracaibo to the Gulf of Venezuela.

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Maracaibo is considered the economic center of western Venezuela, owing to the petroleum industry that developed in the shores of Lake Maracaibo.

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Name Maracaibo is said to come from the brave cacique Mara, a young native who valiantly resisted the Spaniards and died fighting them.

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Maracaibo destroyed the Magdalena and burned the San Luis by sending a dummy ship full of gunpowder to explode near them, after which the crew of the Soledad surrendered.

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In 1810, the province of Maracaibo did not join the First Republic of Venezuela and remained loyal to the Spanish crown.

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Maracaibo then held the seat of the Captaincy General of Venezuela.

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About 380 years, Maracaibo remained isolated and separated from the rest of the country.

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In January 1903, as the naval blockade of Venezuela continued during the negotiations with presidente Cipriano Castro, the German warship SMS Panther attempted to enter Lake Maracaibo, which was a center of German commercial activity.

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Maracaibo has become a large metropolitan city, comprising two municipalities: the municipality of Maracaibo proper, and the municipality of San Francisco, established in 1995, to the south.

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Diocese of Maracaibo was elevated to Archdiocese on 30 April 1966 by Pope Paulus VI.

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Maracaibo is one of the hottest cities of Venezuela and all of South America as well.

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The Coquivocoa Little League team from Maracaibo placed third in the 1974 Little League World Series.

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Culture in Maracaibo maintains strong Indigenous influences, from its gaitas, desserts, style, and other customs.

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