Federal dependencies of Venezuela
The Federal Dependencies of Venezuela (Spanish Dependencias Federales de Venezuela) encompass all of Venezuela's off shore islands in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Venezuela. These islands, with a total area of 342 square kilometres, are sparsely populated - according to official sources only 3000 people live there permanently, with another hundred from Margarita Island who live there seasonally to engage in fishing. Local government is under the authority of the mayor of Caracas.
The federal dependencies are composed of 600 islands and smaller formations; many have an area of less than 10 000 square metres and are essentially simple rocks. The largest island, La Tortuga, accounts for almost half of the territory of the federal dependencies.
Dependencias Federales stretch for 900 km (559 miles) along the coast from Archipielago Los Monjes in the west at the Gulf of Venezuela to Isla de Patos southeast of Isla Margarita at the Gulf of Paria in the east.
Principal Islands and Groups
Aves Island (Isla de Aves)
Las Aves Archipelago (Archipielago Las Aves)
Blanquilla Island (Isla La Blanquilla)
Los Frailes Islands (Islas los Frailes)
La Sola Island (Isla La Sola)
Patos Island (Isla de Patos)
Los Hermanos Archipelago (Islas Los Hermanos)
Los Monjes Archipelago (Archipielago Los Monjes)
Orchila Island (Isla La Orchila)
Los Roques Archipelago (Archipielago Los Roques)
Los Testigos Islands (Islas Los Testigos)
La Tortuga Island (Isla La Tortuga)
Map of the Dependencias Federales
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