La Guaira, Venezuela

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tiff scanned file from original glass slide
Description
Here you are in tropical South America. Venezuela lies very near the Equator, and is rich in the animal and the plant life of the tropics. What great river flows through it? The chief port of the country is La Guaira, the city you see before you. It is not a large city, since it contains only about 10,000 people-negroes, Indians, Spanish, and half-breeds. Nor is it the sort of place in which you would like to live. The kind of people that make up a large part of the population is here shown. Would you like them for neighbors? It is very hot in La Guaira. The mean temperature throughout the year is 84. The city is built on a mountain side that slopes rapidly down to the Carribean Sea. The mountain rises directly behind the city to a height of 8,000 feet. It is a landmark to sailors a hundred miles out at sea. La Guaira exports cacao, coffee, and hides. The harbor, shown in the background, is protected by breakwaters, and contains about 80 acres of water. La Guaira is 10 miles from Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. The fort on the mountain side is famous in the history of the country. It was bombarded in 1903 by German and English gunboats to make Venezuela pay certain claims of these countries. Venezuela is a country rich in resources. These are largely underdeveloped. It lies in the rich valley of the Orinoco, which crosses the country from east to west. Half of its land is covered with tropical forests. Its pampas along the Orinoco are great cattle-grazing plains. It has untold wealth in its rich soil. It is large enough to make four states the size of Ohio; but its population is less than half that of Ohio. Keystone ID: 13314 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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Copyright by the Keystone View Company. The original slides are housed in McConnell Library's Special Collections.