|Written by James L Migues|
Maracaibo … hum … Maracaibo … isn’t that a movie with Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace and Micheal Landon filmed in 1958 ? Where Wilde is oil man Vic Scott who arrived to Maracaibo to help put out a fire at an offshore well. If Scott fails, not only will he die in the blaze, but all of Maracaibo will likely be destroyed ? I bet 99% of you did not know there is such a film ? I have not seen it myself but I do want to check it out.
Imagine if Vic Scott would have failed and Maracaibo would have been destroyed ? No more tequeños !!! Now that is a tragedy. Tequeños is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word Maracaibo. I just love those little fried heavenly goodies ... God sent indeed. This world would not be the same without them, living in Maracaibo I just “HAD” to have tequeños at least 2 times a week. It was a must. No questions about it. That might explain the “little” love handles that I proudly have carried around with me all my life. jajaja
Maracaibo … “La Tierra del Sol Amada” … in other words … this place is HOT !
In today’s lingo … as in being “cool”, as in temperature, as being in political turmoil, as having in the best looking women in the world, as in just a great place. Having lived there for over 20 years … I know Maracaibo.
For you newbie’s that don’t know much about Maracaibo. I can tell you that Maracaibo is on the west shore of the broad channel or neck which connects Lake Maracaibo with the Gulf of Venezuela, it was first discovered in 1499 by Alonso de Ojeda a sailor on Columbus' crew on his second trip to America.
As for Maracaibo … the city was founded three times. First in 1529 by the German Ambrosio Alfinger, who named it Maracaibo or Villa de Maracaibo. The lack of activity in the area made Nicolas de Federman evacuate the village in 1535 and move its population to Cabo de la Vela nearby Coro. A second attempt by Captain Alonso Pacheco turned into failure. The third and definite foundation of the city, occurs in 1574 when Captain Pedro Maldonado, under Governor Diego de Mazariego', command establishes the village with the name of Nueva Zamora de Maracaibo to honor Mazariego's place of birth, Zamora in Spain.
The Lake Maracaibo lies in the extremely hot, humid lowlands of the Maracaibo basin, a region that, almost enclosed by mountains, is semiarid in the north but has an average annual rainfall of 50 in. (127 cm) in the south. The basin is one of the major oil-producing areas of the world, and was developed beginning in 1918.
In case you also did not know a statistic that I NEVER heard anyone say is that Lake Maracaibo is 1 of only 17 ancient lakes on earth. It is estimated to be the 2nd (second) oldest lake, having been created approximately 36 million years ago. Maracaibo is the largest lake in South America and is connected to the Gulf of Venezuela by a narrow strait in the north, making it slightly saline.
And as you already know the Lake Maracaibo basin includes the largest oil fields in Venezuela and holds almost a quarter of Venezuela's population.
SO now that you know a little history, I can tell you other things that I think are pretty interesting. I just want to mention that everything you read here is as accurate as I can. I do research in order to make sure all the stuff I tell you is true. I take from here and there and try to put it in my own words mixed with others. Hell I’m not a writer, I just like think that I am. I do this for fun and nothing else, my point of view.
As for the rest of what makes Maracaibo interesting and why this city is so close to my heart, you will just have to drop by every so often to find out. Now of course if you find an interesting article or curious information or photos etc ... or simply feel inspired to write and want to contribute … just send in what you got.
James L Migues
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