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Venezuela is a state in South America. It was the site of Christopher Columbus's first continental landing in South America, after which it soon became a Spanish colony.

The nation won independence  in 1821 under the leadership of its native son, Simon Bolivar and it has been a democracy continuously since 1958.

It ranks high in bloggers' interest primarily because of its populist, anti-American president Hugo Chavez, who was elected in a landslide victory in 1998. He has been the subject of intense media interest, seen generally by rightest commentators as a dangerously undemocratic demagogue, and by progressive commentators generally as a positive force for social change and source of support for the poor.

About Natalie Bennett

Natalie blogs at Philobiblon, on books, history and all things feminist. In her public life she's the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

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