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[Description of the state]
The city was founded on 1567 with the name of Santiago of Leon of Caracas and it became one of the most prosperous Spanish colonial communities of South America. The city was sacked by English privateers under the control of Amyas Preston in 1595. Around April of 1810 Caracas became the center of the first rebellion in the war of independence against Spain, taking later Simón Bolivar its leadership. From 1576 it has been the capital of the province of Venezuela, strengthening this position as of 1777 in the Capitania General of Venezuela, although it lost this role in 1821, to recover it definitively in 1830. Thoughout its history the city has undergone some severe earthquakes, in 1812 10,000 people died and the city was destroyed almost in its totality.
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