Venezuela looks ahead

United Kingdom, 1952

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Columbus’s first landfall on continental America was in Venezuela. The colonists who followed settled at first only on the narrow coastal strip. Later the lure of gold led them inland. At the beginning of the 19th century a patriot rose up in Venezuela who inspired the struggle for independence from Spain. This fight for independence, ravaged and impoverished the land. Her present prosperity dates to the development of her oil resources in the last thirty years, and tremendous efforts are being made to recover in a few years the leeway of a century.


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Shell Film Unit


Lionel Cole



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United Kingdom
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Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Petroleum industry and trade

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural resources


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Colonization

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Developing countries - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Venezuela - Economic conditions

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

History → Colonization

History → History

History → South America - History

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




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16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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