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a city in and the capital of Venezuela, in the N part.
a republic in N South America. 352,143 sq. mi. (912,050 sq. km).
Capital: Caracas.
Gulf of. 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.
Contemporary Examples

“It has not been clarified what happened to the flight from Los Roques to Caracas,” the children write.
Children of Those Missing From Missoni Plane Issue Plea for Information Barbie Latza Nadeau January 24, 2013

Thanks to the many Caracas Chronicles readers who commented and critiqued.
What’s the Future of the Venezuelan Opposition? David Frum April 2, 2013

The result was a perfect storm of commuter congestion where “normal Caracas chaos became absolute mayhem.”
Who Will Maduro Blame for Venezuela’s Blackout This Time? Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez June 27, 2014

In an unfinished high-rise in the middle of Caracas, a laconic, cynical “doctor” operates on his new patient.
Damian Lewis Spills On ‘Homeland’s’ Shocking Plot Twist and Brody’s Return Andrew Romano October 13, 2013

It is because in Caracas you still have a margin of freedom.
The Politics of Literature: An interview with Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa Michael Moynihan October 9, 2013

Historical Examples

“I have no acquaintance among the clergy of Caracas,” I said to my conductor.
Mr. Fortescue William Westall

Cordillera genera of plants have also, somehow, reached the Silla of Caracas.
More Letters of Charles Darwin Charles Darwin

So occupied were we in observing the beauties of the everchanging landscape, that, before we realized it, we were in Caracas.
Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena H. J. Mozans

Caracas coffee is one of the best known in the American market.
All About Coffee William H. Ukers

The city of Caracas was totally destroyed, and ten thousand of its inhabitants were buried beneath its ruins.
Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror Richard Linthicum

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)
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: 28 459 085 (2013 est). Area: 912 050 sq km (352 142 sq miles) Official name Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Gulf of Venezuela, an inlet of the Caribbean in NW Venezuela: continues south as Lake Maracaibo

Spanish, diminutive of Venecia “Venice” (see Venice). Supposedly the name was given by Spanish sailors in 1499 when they saw a native village built on piles on Lake Maracaibo.
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.

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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