Culture and Customs of Venezuela

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Chronology
1498Christopher Columbus explores the island of Trinidad and the coast of Venezuela.
1503The Spanish Crown grants permission for settlers to exploit the slave labor of the Caribbean Indians.
1525African slaves are introduced into Venezuela.
1528The Spanish government cedes Venezuela to the German banking house Welser, with which it has run up large debts. The company spends almost twenty years trying in vain to develop profitable enterprises before returning the territory to Spanish control.
1567Caracas is founded, one of a number of cities established in Venezuela since the 1520s.
1600–1700The cultivation of cacao is developed as a major part of the colony's economy; more towns and cities are founded.
1728The Basque firm Compañía Guipuzcoana (Caracas Company) is given a trading monopoly over Venezuela, which lasts until the 1780s.
1777The Spanish Crown creates the Captaincy-General of Venezuela, the culmination of a slow process of political and administrative integration.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Series Foreword xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Chronology xvii
  • 1: Context 1
  • 2: Religion 23
  • 3: Social Customs 45
  • 4: Broadcasting and Print Media 67
  • 5: Cinema 87
  • 6: Literature 109
  • 7: Performing Arts 131
  • 8: Art and Architecture 155
  • Glossary 179
  • Selected Bibliography 183
  • Index 185
  • About the Author 193
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