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Venezuela - History

Venezuela - History
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.56

     challenging words:    dictatorships, modern-day, liberate, riches, shores, democratic, despise, military, settlement, independence, fortune, poverty, whom, elsewhere, ironic, economy
     content words:    South America, Christopher Columbus, South American, Caracas Valley, Simon Bolivar, Campo Carabobo, El Libertador, President Hugo Chavez, In August

Venezuela - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman

1     Venezuela is a beautiful country in South America with an ironic history. It is a country that interested Europeans who took it over, and then it became a country that no one wanted. Throughout its history, Venezuela's fortune has gone back and forth from good to bad.
2     Venezuela's human history dates back thousands of years. Long before Europeans arrived in South America, there were native groups already living on the land that is modern-day Venezuela. The native groups were the Caraban, Arawak, and Chibcha. These groups ruled the land when the first European arrived. You've probably heard this European's name. He was an Italian named Christopher Columbus.
3     Columbus is said to have discovered America in 1492, but it wasn't for another six years before Columbus would set foot on the American mainland, claiming it for Spain. Columbus landed on the Venezuelan shores on August 1, 1498. He didn't have any idea how big the South American continent was. In fact, he thought it was just an island. He also thought Venezuela was so beautiful that it must be the Garden of Eden.

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