Caracas Steps into the Future with a Lion's Heart!

Wonderful places in the City of Caracas attract travellers with selective visions to Venezuela. Those beautiful places engage the heart of the capital city of Venezuela where the fast development takes place in the centre of the city.

But, across the ways from the centre of the city, the informal old parts of the beautiful city are cooping hard behind the scenes. This is where the impulses of the Latinos heart beat. People living here are from many other Latin American countries.

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Capital city, Skyscrapers & Mount Avila, Venezuela
There is a big gab, though between the well-developed metropolis with its vivid impulses and live complexity and the cosmopolitan old parts of the city with their simplicity and the routinely life they live in houses they built themselves, floor after floor. Watch the video and see beautiful Caracas City.

The capital city of Caracas is the biggest city in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela since 1999 and is one of Latin America's powerful economic centres. It develops good economical relations with some states in Asia and moves carefully in its trading relations with other states, when trades involve political influence. See the useful resources section.

The population, being original inhabitants or migrated people since long time love their city, although the city has lived under the threatening phenomena of the earthquake since the first days of the establishment of the city, five centuries ago.

Nowadays other natural threats as climate change and political threats too have impacts on the rhythm of live in this cosmopolitan city. One of the threats in the nineteen century could repeat itself because of the recently discovered climate change.

The landslide and the torrential rain damaged the city in the past. The worst natural disasters in the American continents in 1999 killed about 30,000 people, during several days of torrential rain that triggered severe flooding, landslides and mud avalanches in the coastal zones on the northern slopes of the Cordillera de la Costa, at the north of Caracas.

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Shanty houses on the outskirts of town, Capital city, Venezuela
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The quake caused landslides that sent thousands of tons of loose soil and rocks from the steep slopes into the valley. It was a phenomenon, which could repeat itself not only due to earthquakes, but also because of torrential rains.

That nature phenomenon hit two million of the Venezuelan, almost more than half of the population of the city who live in poorly built shantytowns or "barrios" on the slopes around the city, and the landslide triggered by torrential rain make a constant problem.

Worries spread by climate change experts that an expected extreme weather phenomena in the future, like hurricanes and torrential rain, in this tropical savannah will hit the region around Caracas and the Cordillera de la Costa, far more frequently and with much greater strength.

It is not only the people who live in shantytowns, who may see these gloomy prospects in the eyes. Floods, landslides and mud avalanches can be a serious threat to the centre of Caracas City and make a massive blow to the infrastructure in Venezuela's capital and its suburbs.

However, in spite of the threats and worries, the capital city of Venezuela continues building the future with a heart of a lion, not caring about what will happen. It depends on its oil treasury to build good future for the Venezuelans.

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Buildings and road in Distrito Federal in Ca-ra-cas, Venezuela
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The flourishing of the Venezuelan oil industry escalates the economical growth and makes the country rich. It builds the new constructed capital with many skyscrapers in recent decades throughout the 1940s up to now.

The modern planning of the capital city in addition to the architecture and art works done by the Venezuelan architect, Carlos Raul Villanueva changed the city to a great metropolitan in Latin America.

The UNSCO has chosen the Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas, built during 1940-1960 to include it in the World Heritage List as masterpiece of modern architecture and an outstanding example of the modern movement in architecture.

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Historical Backgrounds:

The history of the City of Caracas as the history of the entire Latin Americas was one of the toughest histories on earth. It presents some examples of the international revolution, influenced by both the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, especially in Latin America, through history up to the present days.

In its earliest history and even before it became a city, the Spanish conquistadors chased the indigenous population out of their beautiful valley and founded the City of Caracas on 25 July 1567 between the green coastal mountains or the Cordillera de la Costa.

In the north part of South America and around two hundred years later, the city was the birthplace of "El Libertador", the popular name of Simon Bolivar, who led the liberation movement with Jose de San Martin and indicated the separation of modern Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Panama from Spain.

The War of Independence ended with a victory over the Spaniards in 24 June 1821 with Bolivar's victory. Already ten years earlier had Bolivar and his veteran followers attempted to declare independence in Caracas.

The earthquake destroyed the city before that victory and transformed the entire valley to a cemetery in 26 March 1812. The Spanish crown thought of it as a divine punishment for the rebellion against the Crown.

Useful resources:

Informal City: Caracas Case

This unique urban research project examines the often overlooked areas known as "the barrios," "shantytowns," or "slums" and assesses their validity as an architectural phenomenon in their own right.

The hills outside Caracas are dotted with transient, dilapidated structures, which are home to thousands of people who create their own socioeconomic environment, one that has a unique place in the city's infrastructure. Understanding this publication as a handbook of informal urban and cultural practice is essential.

Its validity extends far beyond Caracas and encompasses nearly all Latin American metropolises. Its essays question the value of traditional Western-style socioeconomic and socio-political structures, present a new form of urbanism as a subject for discussion.

They show the need for a profound change in our understanding of urban culture, especially in today's era, which is characterized by increasing insecurity and uncertainty. The Cultural Foundation of Germany and the "Urban Think Tank" in Caracas, Venezuela jointly initiated this project.

The Real Venezuela: Making Socialism in the 21st Century

Venezuela has become a huge source of hope and inspiration for the Left throughout the world. Some see it as a shining example of how to begin building a successful socialist state, but Western leaders see it as a dangerous enemy and accuse Chavez of being a dictator. Is that true, or it is just a western propaganda?

United States and Venezuela: Rethinking a Relationship (Contemporary Inter-American Relations, 3)

Oil makes up one-third of Venezuela's entire GDP. Relations between Venezuela and the United States, traditionally close for most of the last two centuries, began to fray in the last decade as the end of the Cold War altered the international environment.

The reference book, "United States and Venezuela" attempts to place the events of the past ten years in historical perspective and to explain the reasons why the changes occurred. It also examines the impact of new actors on the international scene: drug traffickers, common citizens, human rights, environmental activists, and the media.

Latin America Between Colony and Nation: Selected Essays (Institute of Latin American Studies)

This book focuses on a key period in Latin American history, the transition from colonial status, through revolutions for independence to national organization. The essays provide in-depth studies of 18th-century society, the colonial state, and the roots of independence in Spanish America.

The relation of Spanish America to the age of democratic revolution and the reaction of the Church to revolutionary change are newly defined, and leadership of Simón Bólivar is subject to particular scrutiny.

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