We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources.
Wednesday, July 5
Though Venezuela declared its independence from Spain in 1811, it did not become a sovereign nation until after a decade-long war.
The recent helicopter attack on Venezuela’s Supreme Court and Interior Ministry highlights the crisis that has engulfed the nation since President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.
- The recent helicopter incident occurred partially in response to President Maduro’s attempt to rewrite the constitution. What changes do you think Maduro wants to make to the constitution?
- Venezuela’s economy depends on oil. Do you think that makes the country more or less stable? Why?