VII. The Contemporary Period, 1945–2000 > D. Latin America, 1945–2000 > 2. South America, 1945–2000 > i. Venezuela
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i. Venezuela
 
 
1945
 
Venezuela ranked third among the nations of the world in petroleum production when World War II commenced, but wealth remained concentrated in too few hands. A majority of the people remained impoverished, while a high birthrate caused a rapid rise in population.  1
 
Oct. 18
 
Pres. Isaias Medina was overthrown by a revolt of army officers, and RÓMULO BETANCOURT was made provisional president on Oct. 22.  2
 
 
 
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