The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 17 - Trip to Venezuela (1927)

Video:


Date:
1927

Creator:
Hamon Arts Library - SMU



Archive/Collection:
Texas Archive Of The Moving Image, The E.B. Hopkins Collection

Source URL:
http://texasarchive.org/library/index.php/2015_00562



Description:
In this home movie from 1927, E.B. Hopkins travels to Maracay, Venezuela. While in and around the city, he visits the former plantation of Simón Bolívar and attends water well inspections. General Juan Vicente Gómez, the president (and arguably dictator) of Venezuela, is also present during the latter event. Hopkins no doubt knew Gómez through the former's ties to the United States oil industry. After the discovery of petroleum in Venezuela in the 1910s, Gómez granted concessions to foreign oil companies to refine the reserves and develop their own fields. While the deal brought economic stability to Venezuela, much of the country's wealth ended up in the hands of Gómez and foreign oilmen, furthering the United States and Europe's dominating influence in Latin America.

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Location(s):
Avenida De Diciembre, Maracay, Venezuela
Sound/Silent:
Silent

Archive:
Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Archive contact:
512-485-3073, Info@texasarchive.org

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