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LA GUAIRA, VENEZUELA — Venezuela is a portion of South America to which more and more travelers are resorting every winter. A line of steamers run regularly from New York to La Guaira, which is the principal sea-port of the Republic. It is interesting to remember that the coast of Venezuela was the first part of the American mainland sighted by Columbus, when, during his third voyage in 1498, he sailed along a portion of the Orinoco river. In the following year a much greater extent of the country was discovered by other navigators, among whom was the celebrated Amerigo Vespucci, whose name was given to both the Northern and Southern continents. La Guaira is a place of great activity. Situated on the Caribbean sea, it is only five miles from Caracas, of which it is the port. It has practically only two streets, extending east and west, and occupies a narrow strip of land between the mountains and the sea. Although it is the most frequented sea-port on the coast, nevertheless, when ships have unloaded their cargoes at La Guaira. they often go on further to secure safer anchorage. The climate of La Guaira is considered healthy, (for Venezuela), as yellow fever is not so prevalent there, as in many other places on the shore; but the heat is excessive, the mercury frequently ranging from 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The principal export of La Guaira is coffee, and in respect to the quantify of coffee shipped to foreign lands Venezuela ranks fifth among the coffee-producing countries of the world. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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