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Knowing that no island could produce such a large river and outflow, Columbus realized that he was encountering a landmass much larger than he had assumed.
When another explorer, Alonso de Ojeda, arrived a year later, he sailed westward along the coast.
After trying to establish an alternative government in the capital city of Caracas, de Miranda was arrested and sent to Spain, where he died in prison a few years later.
With the loss of Miranda, Simon Bolívar, a man who was to become the national hero of Venezuela, took control of the independence movement.
It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea to the north, Brazil to the south, Colombia to the west and southwest, and Guyana to the east.By the end of the eighteenth century, resistance to colonial rule in Venezuela grew.