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Maracaibo
Municipality

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Nickname(s): "La Tierra del Sol Amada"
(Inglis: "The Beloved Land of the Sun")
Motto: "Muy noble y leal"
(Inglis: "Vera noble an lyal")
Maracaibo is located in Venezuela
Maracaibo
Maracaibo
Coordinates: 10°39′N 71°38′W / 10.650°N 71.633°W / 10.650; -71.633
Kintra Venezuela Venezuela
State Zulia
Municipality Maracaibo
Foondit (1) 8 September 1529, (2) 1569, (3) 1574
Founded by Ambrosio Alfínger (1529), Caiptain Alonso Pacheco (1569), Caiptain Pedro Maldonado (1574)
Government
 • Type Mayor-cooncil
 • Body Alcaldía de Maracaibo
 • Mayor Adriana Felisolas (UNT)
Area
 • Metro 1,393 km2 (538 sq mi)
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Rank 2nt
 • Urban[1] 1,495,199
 • Metro[2] 2,108,404
Demonym Marabino(a), Maracaibero(a), Maracucho(a)
Time zone VST (UTC-04:30)
 • Summer (DST) no observit (UTC-04:30)
Postal codit 4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4005
Aurie code 261
ISO 3166 code VE-A
Website Alcaldía de Maracaibo (Spainyie)
The area and population figures are for the municipality.

Maracaibo (Spainyie pronunciation: [maɾaˈkaiβo]) is a ceety in northwastren Venezuela, on the wastren shore o the strait that connects Loch Maracaibo tae the Guwf o Venezuela. It is the seicont-lairgest ceety in the kintra (efter the naitional caipital Caracas) an the caipital o the state o Zulia. The population o the ceety is approximately 1,495,200 [1] wi the metropolitan aurie estimatit at 2,108,404 as of 2010.[2] Maracaibo is elk-namit La Tierra del Sol Amada ("The Beluvit Laund o the Sun").

Etymologie[eedit | eedit soorce]

The name Maracaibo is said tae come frae the brave Cacique (Indian Chief) Mara, a young native who valiantly resistit the Spaniards an dee'd fechtin thaim. It is said that when Mara fell, the Indians shoutit "Mara cayo!" (Mara fell!), thus oreeginatin the ceety name. Ither historians say that the first name o this laund in Indian leid wis "Maara-iwo" meanin "Place whaur serpents aboond".

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Foondation[eedit | eedit soorce]

The first indigenous dounsets wur o Arawak an Carib oreegin. Aroond the main group wur the Añu tribe who built rows of stilt hooses aw ower the northren riviera o the Loch Maracaibo.[3] The first Europeans arrivit in 1499.

The city was founded three times: the first time wis durin the Klein-Venedig period (1528–1546), when the Welser bankin faimily receivit a concession over Venezuela Province frae Charles I o Spain. In August 1529 the German Ambrosius Ehinger made his first expedition tae Loch Maracaibo which wis bitterly opponit bi the indigenous fowk, the Coquibacoa. Efter winnin a series o bloody battles, he foondit the dounset on 8 September 1529. Ehinger namit the dounset New Nuremberg (German: Neu-Nürnberg) an the loch efter the valiant chieftain Mara o the Coquibacoa, who haed dee'd in the fechtin. The ceety wis renamit Maracaibo efter the Spainyie teuk possession.[4] The lack o activity in the zone made Nikolaus Federmann evacuate the veelage in 1535 an muivit its population tae Cabo de la Vela near the then caipital o Venezuela Province, Santa Ana de Coro.

A seicont attempt bi Captain Alonso Pacheco turned intae failur. The third foondation o the ceety occurs in 1574 when Caiptain Pedro Maldonado, unner Govrenor Diego de Mazariegos' command, establishes the veelage wi the name of Nueva Zamora de Maracaibo. "Nueva Zamora" comes frae Mazariego's place o birth, Zamora, in Spain. Syne its definite foondation, the toun began tae develop as a whole. It is based on the wastren side o Loch Maracaibo, the dominant featur o the ile-rich Maracaibo Basin. Favoured bi prevailin winds an a protectit harbour, the ceety is locatit on the shores o the loch whaur the narraes, which eventually lead tae the Guwf o Venezuela, first become pronooncit.

Pirates' attacks[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 1667, François l'Olonnais wi a fleet o aicht ships an a crew o sax hunder pirates sackit Maracaibo an Gibraltar. En route, l'Olonnais crossed paths wi a Spainyie treasur ship, which he captured, alang wi its rich cargo o cacao, gemstanes an mair than 260,000 pieces o aicht.

In Mairch 1669, Henry Morgan sackit Maracaibo, which emptiet when his fleet was first spied, an muivit on tae the Spainyie dounset o Gibraltar on the inside o Loch Maracaibo in search o mair treasur. A few weeks later, when he attemptit tae sail oot o the loch, Morgan foond a occupee'd fort blockin the inlet tae the Caribbean, alang wi three Spainyie ships. These wur the Magdalena, the San Luis, an the Soledad. He destroyed the Magdalena an burnet the San Luis bi sendin a dummy ship full o gunpouder tae explode near them, efter which the crew o the Soledad surrendered. Bi fakkin a landwaird attack on the fort, tharebi convincin the Spainyie govrenor tae shift his cannon, he eludit their guns an escapit.[5]

Independencia era[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 1810 the province o Maracaibo did no join the first republic o Venezuela an remained lyal tae the Spainyie croun. Maracaibo then held the seat o the Captaincy General of Venezuela. In 1821 uprisins in favour o unthirldom began conductin tae warfare an hostility. The ryalists, led bi Francisco Tomás Morales, focht wi the patriots, led bi Rafael Urdaneta, tae tak back control ower the province in the Juana de Ávila Battle an Morales brocht back Spainiye rule in 1822 till he wis defeatit at the Battle o Loch Maracaibo on 24 Julie 1823 culminatin Venezuela's struggle for unthirldom.

Isolation period[eedit | eedit soorce]

For aboot 390 years, Maracaibo remained isolatit an separatit frae the rest o the kintra. Transportation wis anerly possible athort the loch bi ferry or ither marine transport.

Caurs, buses, an lorries, wi their constant flow o manufactured guids an agricultural product, dependit on the ferry seestem atween the ceety an the eastren shore wi their roads tae connect tae the kintra's motorwa seestem. Maracaibo an the Loch Maracaibo region's economy wis mair linkit tae Colombie than tae eastren Venezuela due tae the natural route available throu Loch Maracaibo then leadin tae the sea.

This isolation wis baith a challenge an an advantage. The vera natur o the ceety's location made for a population kent for their unthirlt thocht an character. The history o this region is rife wi stories aboot the creation o a unthirlt an sovereign naition apairt frae Venezuela, a naition cried La República Independiente del Zulia, which means The Unthirlt Republic o Zulia, but this haes niver come tae be.

Biggin o the brig[eedit | eedit soorce]

The dictatorial regime o General Marcos Pérez Jiménez in the 1950s set as a goal the construction o a brig connectin the twa loch shores. Various brig projects for the spannin o the Loch Maracaibo narraes near the ceety wur in the wirks. The general's govrenment haed decidit that this "ceety o unthirlt thocht" shoud be mair "connectit" tae the rest o the kintra.

Proposals for a brig design that includit rail transport an tourist facilities wur seriously considered. The faw o the Pérez Jiménez govrenment on 23 Januar 1958, quickly led tae a less elaborate design project that wis appruivit an fundit bi a democratic an mair conservative govrenment.

The biggin o "El Puente Sobre El Lago de Maracaibo "General Rafael Urdaneta"—(General Rafael Urdaneta Brig ower Loch Maracaibo) namit efter the distinguished General hero o the War o Unthirldom wis opened tae public traffec in 1962. The project wis completit on schedule in 40 months.

This brig construction project wis a remarkable feat. Built unner vera difficult condeetions, when completit, it became the langest prestressed concrete brig in the warld. The structur is in constant uise an remains the day as the maist important link atween Maracaibo, alang wi hintle o the state o Zulia, an the rest o Venezuela.

Modren times[eedit | eedit soorce]

Panoramic view o Maracaibo an Loch

Maracaibo haes become a lairge metropolitan ceety, comprisin twa municipalities: tae the north the municipality o Maracaibo an tae the sooth the San Francisco municipality (established in 1995). In recent years, due tae poleetical/economic an cultural raisons, mony hae muivit tae Maracaibo frae landwart auries an ither ceeties (includin Caracas).

In the poleetical arena, the ceetizens o Maracaibo (an maist ither ceeties an municipalities in Zulia state) hae in recent years votit for a competitive poleetical seestem in whaur the govrenor is frae a certain poleetical pairty an the mayor or mayors are frae the opposite poleetical pairty. This seestem haes brocht many good things tae the ceety an the state; for example, if the govrenor builds a brig, ane o the mayors will build twa, if a mayor cleans a public pairk, the govrenor retaliates bi cleanin an remodellin anither ane.

Destricts[eedit | eedit soorce]

Maracaibo Destricts
Venancio Pulgar • Idelfonso Vázquez • Coquivacoa • Barrio 18 de Octubre • Juana de Ávila • El Naranjal • San Jacinto (La Marina) • Mara Norte • La Trinidad • Las Tarabas • La Estrella • Maracaibo I • Maracaibo II • Lago Mar Beach • Antonio Borjas Romero • San Isidro • Francisco Eugenio Bustamante • San Rafael • Ziruma • San Miguel • Luis Hurtado Higuera • Manuel Dagnino • Cristo de Aranza • Cecilio Acosta • Cacique Mara • El Amparo • Raúl Leoni • Caracciolo Parra Pérez • Los Olivos • Chiquinquirá • Santa Lucía • Santa Rosa • Bolívar • Bella Vista • Historic zone o Maracaibo • El Saladillo • Isla Dorada

Internaitional relations[eedit | eedit soorce]

Twin touns – Sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Maracaibo is twinned wi:[6]

Line note references[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

de Pons, François (1806), A Voyage to the Eastern Part of Terra Firma, or the Spanish Main, in South-America, during the years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804, New York: I. Riley and Company 

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

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