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Author Shields, Charles J., 1951-
Title Venezuela / Charles J. Shields.
Pub Info Philadelphia : Mason Crest Publishers, c2004.
book jacket
 Centerville Children's  J 987 SHI     AVAILABLE
 Hyannis Children's Room  J 987 Shields     AVAILABLE
Descript 63 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 21 cm.
Series Discovering South America
Discovering South America.
Note Accelerated Reader MG 8.4 1 1 68674
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Exotic land -- Late bloomer in South American history -- Boom and bust economy -- People and culture of Venezuela -- Urban population -- Calendar of Venezuelan festivals -- Recipes -- Project and report ideas -- Chronology.
Summary Discusses the land, the history, the economy, the people, and the festivals of Venezuela. When Spanish explorers arrived on the coast of South America, they found that natives had built their homes on stilts along the swampy shore of Lake Maracaibo. Because this reminded the Europeans of the city of Venice, they named the region Venezuela (Little Venice). Today, Venezuela is one of the leading oil-producing nations in the world. It has a high rate of population growth, and most of its people live in urban areas. As the sixth largest country in Latin America, Venezuela has great influences on its neighbors economically, politically, and culturally.
Subject Venezuela -- Juvenile literature.
ISBN 1590842898