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Wikipedia Description: Henri Pittier National Park
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Henri Pittier National Park is the oldest national park in Venezuela, originally created in 1937 under the name of Rancho Grande by decree of President Eleazar López Contreras. In 1953 the park was renamed in honor of Henri Pittier, a distinguished Swiss geographer, botanist and ethnologist, who arrived in Venezuela in 1917, classified more than 30,000 plants in the country and devoted many years studying the flora and fauna in the park.
Henry Pittier National Park has the honor of having started the history of national parks of Venezuela. Its 107,800 hectares, located in the north of Aragua state, comprise most of the Araguan coast and mountainous area of Carabobo state. It also borders San Esteban National Park. Henri Pittier National Park is the largest among the national parks of the Venezuelan Coastal Range.
The park consists of two geographic systems: a steep mountainous interior where there are more than 500 bird species and 22 endemic species and a coastal area with bays, beaches and resorts with huge tourism potential. There is a great diversity of flora and fauna. The park is an Important Bird Area. and is an Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) site.
With its nine major rivers, the park is an important source of water for surrounding cities and towns. It also contains land where some of the best cacao in the world is cultivated, especially in the village of Chuao.
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1963 photos: From August, 1958 until July 1963, our family lived Caracas, Venezuela. Dad worked for Standard Oil of New Jersey which had acquired Creole Petroleum Corporation and its oil fields in Lake Maracaibo back in 1928. In 1950, Creole opened its oil fields in Amuay Bay. In 1951, Creole was the world's largest oil producer. We lived in Caracas until July, 1963 at which point we moved back to New York. Creole was nationalized by the Venezuelan government in 1975. Venezuela had forced its military dictator Pérez Jiménez out of office in January, 1958. A democratic government struggled for decades afterward although Cuban-sponsored Communist terrorists were a problem in the 1960s while we were there. Oil prices, which were the main source of income for the country, went through the roof in the 1970s, resulting is massive government spending. This led to massive debts once prices fell in the 1980s, resulting in riots and political chaos, with Hugo Chavez attempting a coup in 1992. He was later pardoned and elected dictator in 1998.
From 1963 to 1966, our family lived in Chappaqua, New York while Dad worked for Standard Oil of New Jersey in the 30 Rock building in New York City.
From 1954 to 1975, the bulk of these pictures were taken by my Dad, Glenn Guthrie At the time, he was using a complicated, but normal for the day, manual Kodak with light meters and such. All of Dad's pictures from this time were slides.
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The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
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