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The Mystery Photos of a City and Coastline: Caracas

Congrats to the two commenters who figured out that the two mystery photographs from Tuesday and Wednesday were of Caracas, Venezuela. The coastline shot is of the approach to Simón Bolívar International Airport, arriving from the north over the Caribbean Sea. (A third reader pointed out that the coastline shot is of the small city of Mamo.) The second photo, from Wednesday, is of the hillside shot is of Baruta, one of the four municipalities that compose Caracas—about 7 miles on the other side of the coastal mountain range.

Caracas is, in my view, the Los Angeles of South America; that is how it looks and feels. From a governing standpoint, I compare it to New York City. It’s four municipalities can be compared to New York’s five boroughs. As for Baruta in the photo? I would say it is either Queens or Brooklyn. Of course, neither of them have hillsides and lush vegetation.

The residents? They are called Caraqueños.


March 18, 2010 - Posted by | news | , ,


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  4. Besides Italy where did the other large numbers of immigrants come from to Venezuela in the ’50s?

    Comment by BobinDC | March 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Large numbers of immigrants from Spain, Italy and Portugal went to Venezuela during the 1950s to 1970s. There was the oil boom and these countries were relatively poor compared to the rest of Europe.

      Comment by mattyillini | March 18, 2010 | Reply

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