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|State of Venezuela|
|Motto: Ad sum
English: I am here
|Anthem: Himno del Estado Cojedes|
Location within Venezuela
|• Governor||Erika Farías (2012–2016)|
|• Total||14,800 km2 (5,700 sq mi)|
|1.62% of Venezuela|
|Population (2011 census)|
|1.14% of Venezuela|
|ISO 3166 code||VE-H|
|Emblematic tree||Apamate (Tabebuia rosea)|
Cojedes State covers a total surface area of 14,800 km² and, in 2011, had a census population of 323,165.
Native Americans from the Orinoco region kept moving through this region to colonize or trade with the regions around the Tacarigua Lake (the native name for Lake Valencia).
Fray Cirilo Bautista of Sevilla founded Santa Clara de Caramacate in 1750. Bishop Mariano Martí wrote some of the first reports about the area in 1760. That year missionaries Fray Gabriel de San Lucas and Fray Salvador of Cádiz founded the city of San Carlos. The original name was San Carlos de Austria. Nuestra Señora de la Chiquinquirá of El Tinaco was founded by Fray Pablo de Orichuela on the same year. El Pao was founded one year later, in 1661. The towns and the areas around them became cantons under jurisdiction of the Province of Caracas.
Municipalities and municipal seats
- Anzoátegui (Cojedes)
- Falcón (Tinaquillo)
- Girardot (El Baúl)
- Lima Blanco (Macapo)
- Pao de San Juan Bautista (El Pao)
- Ricaurte (Libertad)
- Rómulo Gallegos (Las Vegas)
- San Carlos (San Carlos)
- Tinaco (Tinaco)
Race and ethnicity
According to the 2011 Census, the racial composition of the population was:
- "Resultado Básico del XIV Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2011 (Mayo 2014)" (PDF). Ine.gov.ve. p. 29. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
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