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Coro and its Port
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Type of site: Heritage in danger
Date: 1527
Date of Inscription: 1993
Location: South America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), State of Falcon
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Description: Coro possesses earthen constructions that are unique to the Caribbean. It is the only known example of an affluent synthesis of local traditions with Spanish Mudéjar and Dutch architectural practices. Founded in 1527, it is one of the first colonial towns, with 602 historic buildings. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The city of Santa Ana de Coro was founded in 1527 by Spanish colonists. The name "Coro" is believed to be an indigenous word meaning "wind". Coro is the capital of Falcón State and the oldest city in the west of Venezuela. The city had a turbulent history in colonical times and suffered a number of attacks. In the sixteenth century it was a base for a German attempt to colonise South America. In 1806 it was briefly taken by Francisco de Miranda, who was fighting for the independence of Latin America from the Spanish, and Coro's port of La Vela was the first place in Venezuela where the country's tricolour flag was raised. Since the 1950s Coro has been conserved as a national monument, and in 1993 Coro and its port were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. However, in 2005 Coro was inscribed in the List of World Heritage Sites in danger. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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