Meaning: a republic in northern South America on the Caribbean; achieved independence from Spain in 1811; rich in oil
Venezuela is our nearest neighbor to the south.
Even the president of Venezuela was for years a criminal.
Venezuela got its name from Venice, Italy, in the following way.
All along this coast strip of Venezuela are plantations generally covered with cocoa trees.
One writer says that of all the countries in the world Venezuela is the one for which God has done the most and man has done the least.
During the past seventy or eighty years Venezuela has had more than a half hundred revolutions but generally they were gotten up to give an excuse for pillage and robbery rather than to make a better country or government.
It is surprising to know that Venezuela is as large as Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, the two Virginias, North and South Carolina and Georgia combined.
I asked after some of the other men belonging to my old ship, including Accra Prout, whom the colonel wished to accompany us to Venezuela, the mulatto refusing on the plea that, though he should always love his "old massa," he could not go with him for one insurmountable reason.