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Valle de la Pascua


Valle de la Pascua is a valley and city in the state of Guarico in central Venezuela. It is the seat of Leonardo Infante municipality. Its economy is based on agriculture and cattle ranching. Valle de la Pascua is the economic capital of Guarico state, and is often referred as: "La Princesa del Llano" (Princess of the Plains).

Population: 86.000 (est. 2001)

History

Valle de la Pascua was founded in the 17th Century as part of the colonization and expansion of the Spanish presence on to the Alto Llano de Caracas, the name given to the central plains of the then Province of Venezuela, whose capital was Caracas.

In 1726, with the authorization of the government in Caracas, Capitan Francisco Carlos de Herrera, the regional administrator, granted the town of La Aguada de Valle de la Pascua together with the large cattle ranch called Santa Juana de la Cruz, to Jose Zamora. However the origins of Spanish settlement started with cattle ranches founded by Francisco Zamora Granados and his brother-in-law, Gabriel Sanchez Sajonero, who, the year previously, had arrived from Altagracia de Orituco and settled in the valley with their families, equipment and cattle.

The Law of Territorial Division of Gran Colombia, dated 25 June 1824, divided the Province of Caracas, of the Department of Venezuela, into twelve cantons (counties). Valle de la Pascua was placed in Chaguaramas canton. In 1848, by the presidential order of General Jose Tadeo Monagas, the Province of Caracas was redivided into four cantons and twenty-seven parishes. The parish of Valle de la Pascua was placed together with the canton capital of Chaguaramas, and the parishes of Chaguramal del Peral, Santa Naria de Ipire, Altamira, Altagracia de Iguana, Espino, Cabruta and Santa Rita de Manapire into Chaguaramas canton. In 1853 the canton of Chaguaramas was divided in two: Chaguaramas and Unare. Chaguaramas kept the town of Chaguaramas, Valle de la Pascua, Espino, Cabruta and Santa Rita de Manapire.Peter F Anson Bishops at Large

Candlemas Fairs

In the winter of 1939-1940 during their Candlemas Fiesta, Valle de la Pascua held a Candlemas Fair. That year they had over 15,000 visitors. The fairs provide both entertainment and the opportunity to show the products from the region.

References

This article is based in part on material from the [[:es:Valle_de_la_Pascua|Spanish Wikipedia]].

External links

Valle de la Pascua MiPunto.com in Spanish;

FallingRain Map - elevation = 152m

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