Venezuela is one of the most beautiful tropical countries on the Northern coast of South America. It has a fascinating history that started with the Spanish colonization of 1522. It declared its independence on 1811, being the first former Spanish colony to make such a brave step and declare independence.
Venezuela has seen both democratic and communist regimes. This mix is reflected in the attitude of the people, in the architecture and in the economic state of the country. Venezuela is the starting point for the famous Bolivarian revolution. In the early days, Venezuela was named 'Little Venice' and it produced some famous personalities like Simon Bolivar, Francisco de Miranda and Hugo Chavez.
Venezuela was discovered by the men that were sailing with the famous Christopher Columbus in 1498. They discovered the Margarita Island and were able to see the mouth of the Orinoco River. Unfortunately, they had to abandon their expedition and return home because Columbus has gotten ill.
Venezuela had its fair share of incompetent rulers like Antonio Guzman Blanco who loved to pose for formal portraits and traveled so much to France that, at one point, he began ruling the country by telegram. The brave Venezuelans got rid of him and, today, they are ruled by Hugo Chavez, a true survivor.
The most important figure in Venezuelan history is Simon Bolivar, the man who led the internal struggles that eventually freed Venezuela. This ruler is also guilty for the freedom of neighboring countries like Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia. His biggest dream was to see a unified Latin America, a dream that persists even today in the heart of many Latin American rulers. Bolivar was the man that taught Venezuelans that freedom must me conquered with boldness and courage. These qualities are important parts of the Venezuelan spirit today.