Patos Island (Venezuela)

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Patos Island

Patos Island (Spanish: Isla de Patos, Duck Island) is a small uninhabited island in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. The island is a part of the Dependencias Federales (Federal Dependencies) of Venezuela.

Geography[edit]

Patos Island

Patos Island is located about 540 km (340 mi) northeast of Caracas in the Golfo de Paria (Gulf of Paria). The coordinates are 10°38′18″N 61°51′50″W / 10.63833°N 61.86389°W / 10.63833; -61.86389. It lies in the Boca Grande strait of the Bocas del Dragón (Dragon's Mouth), approximately 4 km off the coast of mainland Venezuela and about 10 km west-south-west of Chacachacare, which is part of Trinidad and Tobago.

The uninhabited island has an area of only 0.65 square km (0,25 square miles)[1] with a length of 1.1 km (0.68 mi) and 6 km (3.7 mi) wide with the highest point reaching about 100 meters (328 feet).[2][3][4]

History[edit]

Patos Island was part of the former British colony Trinidad and Tobago.[5]

On 26 February 1942 the island became part of Venezuela[6] and was put under the administration of the Ministerio del Interior y de Justicia (Ministry of Interior and Justice)[1] as part of the Dependencias Federales.

On 9 August 1972 the island, together with the other islands of the Dependencias Federales, were declared a national park (Archipiélago Los Roques National Park) with the park being established on 18 August.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Excursión a la Isla de Patos (1964) – PDVSA-Intevep, 1997
  2. ^ Vila, Marco Aurelio. 1967: Aspectos geográficos de las Dependencias Federales. Corporación Venezolana de Fomento. Caracas. 115p.
  3. ^ Cervigon, Fernando. 1995: Las Dependencias Federales. Academia Nacional de la Historia. Caracas. 193p.
  4. ^ Hernández Caballero, Serafín (Editor). 1998: Gran Enciclopedia de Venezuela. Editorial Globe, C.A. Caracas. 10 volúmenes. ISBN 980-6427-00-9 ISBN 980-6427-10-6
  5. ^ González Oropeza, Hermann. y Donis Ríos, Manuel. 1989: Historia d elas fronteras de Venezuela. Cuadernos Lagoven. Lagoven, S.A. Caracas. 180p. ISBN 980-259-257-9
  6. ^ http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords/1942/may/12/anglo-venezuelan-treaty-island-of-patos
  7. ^ Institutio Nacional de Parques

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 10°38′18″N 61°51′50″W / 10.63833°N 61.86389°W / 10.63833; -61.86389