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Los Testigos Islands


Los Testigos Islands are a group of islands in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. They are a part of the Dependencias Federales (Federal Dependencies) of Venezuela.

Geography

The Los Testigos Islands are located about 400 km (248 miles) northeast of Caracas and about 80 km (48 miles) northeast of Isla Margarita. The coordinates of the main island are .

The archipelago has an area of 6.53 square km (2.52 square miles) and consists of 6 major islands and a number of smaller rock islets.

The larger islands are:

Isla Testigo Grande, main island

Isla Conejo, east of the main island

Isla Iguana, south of the main island

Isla Morro Blanco, south of the main island

Isla Noreste, northeast of the main island

Isla Rajada, east of the main island

The larger rock islets are:

El Chivo

Penon de Fuera

The population is about 200 inhabitants (according to 2001 census) mostly being fishing families. There is a small military base operated by the Venezuelan navy on the main island.

History

In 1938 the islands were put under the administration of the Ministerio del Interior y de Justicia (Ministry of Interior and Justice) as part of the Dependencias Federales.

On August 9, 1972 the islands, together with the other islands of the Dependencias Federales, were declared a national park with the park being established on august 18th.

External links

About Los Testigos Islands

Map of the Dependencias Federales with location of the Los Testigos Islands

Map of Los Testigos Islands

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