Aragua

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Aragua State
Estado Aragua
State
Flag of Aragua State
Flag
Coat of arms of Aragua State
Coat of arms
Motto: Venezuela's Hearth
Anthem: Aragua State Anthem
Location within Venezuela
Location within Venezuela
Country  Venezuela
Created 1899
Capital Maracay
Government
 • Governor Tareck El Aissami (2012–2016)
Area
 • Total 7,014 km2 (2,708 sq mi)
Area rank 20th
  0.76% of Venezuela
Population (2008 est.[1])
 • Total 1,689,056
 • Rank 6th
  6.28% of Venezuela
Time zone UTC-04:30
ISO 3166 code VE-D
Emblematic tree Samán (Pithecellobium saman)
Website www.aragua.gob.ve
Municipalities of Aragua

Aragua State (Spanish: Estado Aragua, IPA: [esˈtaðo aˈɾaɣwa]) is located in the north-central region of Venezuela. It has plains and jungles and Caribbean beaches. The most popular are Cata and Choroni. It has Venezuela's first national park which is called Henri Pittier.

The capital is Maracay, other important cities include Turmero and El Limón.

Aragua State covers a total surface area of 7,014 km² and, based on the 2001 census information, the estimated population of Aragua State in 2007 is 1,665,200 inhabitants.

The name Aragua is said to derive from a Cumanagota word for a type of palm, roystonea oleracea.

History[edit]

Aragua was part of the Province of Caracas until 1848, when the Province was split into three parts, one being Aragua Province. The Province became a state in 1864. Some mergers and demergers with other states followed, until Aragua became an autonomous state again in 1901. Its capital until 1917 was La Victoria (site of the Venezuelan War of Independence's Battle of La Victoria), when the capital was moved to Maracay.[2]

Geography[edit]

Aragua borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, with its coastline backed by the fast-rising central Cordillera mountain range. Codazzi Peak reaches over 2400 m above sea level. Much of the rest of the state is made up of fertile valleys used for intensive agriculture, apart from in the extreme south where the flats of the central Llanos region begin. On the western border is Lake Valencia.

The main rivers in the state are the Aragua, the Guárico, the El Limón, the Tuy, the Pao and the Turmero. They flow into the Caribbean Sea, Lake Valencia, or feed the vast Orinoco River network. The Camatagua reservoir is one of the main reservoirs supplying Caracas.

Municipalities and municipal seats[edit]

Aragua comprises eighteen municipalities (municipios):[3]

  1. Bolívar (San Mateo)
  2. Camatagua (Camatagua)
  3. Francisco Linares Alcántara (Santa Rita)
  4. Girardot (Maracay)
  5. José Angel Lamas (Santa Cruz)
  6. José Félix Ribas (La Victoria)
  7. José Rafael Revenga (El Consejo)
  8. Libertador (Palo Negro)
  9. Mario Briceño Iragorry (El Limón)
  10. Ocumare de la Costa de Oro (Ocumare de la Costa)
  11. San Casimiro (San Casimiro)
  12. San Sebastián (San Sebastián)
  13. Santiago Mariño (Turmero)
  14. Santos Michelena (Las Tejerías)
  15. Sucre (Cagua)
  16. Tovar (Colonia Tovar)
  17. Urdaneta (Barbacoas)
  18. Zamora (Villa de Cura)

Politics[edit]

Since direct elections for Venezuela state governors in 1989, Aragua has been governed by the Movement for Socialism and PODEMOS (1989 - 2008). Since 2008 the governor is Rafael Isea for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

Took office Left office Governor vote
1989 1992 Carlos Tablante, MAS 50.51
1992 1995 Carlos Tablante, MAS 62.73
1995 1998 Didalco Bolívar Graterol, MAS 48.93
1998 2000 Didalco Bolívar Graterol, MAS 72.44
2000 2004 Didalco Bolívar Graterol, MAS 84.54
2004 2008 Didalco Bolívar Graterol, PODEMOS 67.70
2008 2012 Rafael Isea, PSUV 58.92
2012 current Tarek El Aissami, PSUV 55.56

Sports[edit]

The Tigres de Aragua, a team of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, represents the state and plays in Maracay.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Spanish) INE, Situacion Fisica, accessed 23 June 2012
  2. ^ (Spanish) INE, Historia
  3. ^ (Spanish) INE, Division Politico Territorial, accessed 23 June 2012

See also[edit]

Choroní Beach in the Henri Pittier National Park, Aragua state.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 10°15′N 67°36′W / 10.250°N 67.600°W / 10.250; -67.600