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He/ada, or paramos (cold treeless zone), which In the mountainous region, climatic condi- extends to the snow line (3,000-4,500 meters where they often form high falls. Among the most famous and beautiful of these falls are tions are much more complex and varied. These [10,000-15,000 feet]). The average temperathe Rio Bogota ( 120 meters [ 400 feet]) and tures of the warmest and coolest months, at an the Tequendama, near Bogota. The Magdalena altitude of 3,500 meters (11,400 feet) on the ANOAGOYA is Colombia's main river, which drains most Cordillera Oriental (in the vicinity of Bogota), (197 hi of the mountain region.

Other important trading partners have been West Germany, Canada, and Italy. Tourism: 317,000, mainly from the United States, visited Venezuela during 1986. HISTORY Northern Venezuela was sparsely inhabited by small, scattered Carib and Arawak tribes when the first Europeans (Spaniards) explored the coastal areas and established their first settlements early in the sixteenth century. Christopher Columbus sailed along the northeast coast of Venezuela during his third voyage to America in 1498. Although of the same racial and linguistic group, there were conspicuous differences in the physical features and lifestyles between the natives of the coastal and lowland areas and those of the highlands.

D Venezuela over Venezuela. AR S OF DISPUTE val vessel entered 100 Atlantic 100 Claimed by ~cuador. January 1980 armed hostilft~s. 81 . a 14-km. ) demilitarized 2-one \ \ I --\ Juan Fern~nd41Z Falkland Is ~Stanley Falkland Is. 000 90" 3+ ANTARCTICA O cean THE COUNTRIES Area 912,050 sq. km. 352,144 sq. mi. Population 19,735,000 (1990 estimate) Capital City Caracas Gross National Product (GN P) Per Capita $3,170 (1 988) Population in Main Cities (1985 estimates) Caracas 1,246,611 (1987) Maracaibo 1,260,978 Valencia 1,089,139 Maracay 825,648 Barquisimeto 695,540 Highest Point 5,007 m.

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