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Vargas (state)

Departamento Vargas
Image FlagFlag of Vargas State.svg
Image ShieldEscudo_vargas.PNG
State MottoIgualdad, Libertad, Propiedad y Seguridad.
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Date Creation1998
CapitalLa Güaira
Area Percentage0.16
Area Rank22nd
Year Estimate2007
Population Percentage1.29
Population Rank21st
Emblematic TreeUva de Playa
Binomial NameCoccoloba uvífera
Iso CodeVE-X
GovernorJorge Luis García Carneiro
Mandate Start2008
Mandate End2012

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Vargas (-esˈbaɾɣas) is one of the 23 states of Venezuela. Named after Venezuela's first non-military president, José María Vargas, Vargas comprises a coastal region in the north of Venezuela, bordering Aragua to the west, Miranda to the east, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Capital District to the south. It is home to both the country's largest seaport and airport. The state capital is La Guaira.

In 1999, the geographic center of Vargas state suffered major floods and landslides, known as La Tragedia de Vargas (the Vargas Tragedy), causing major losses of life and property, and resulting in forced population movements including the virtual disappearance of some small towns. Thousands died, and many more fled the area to other states.

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