[Description of the state]
Geographically this state is limited on the north by Táchira, Barinas and Guárico states; to the west it limits with Colombia; and to the south-east with Bolivar state.
During the colonial period it was part of the province of Mérida del Espíritu Santo de la Grita. When Maracaibo was annexed, it was called Provincia de Maracaibo. In 1856 it was elevated to a province and in 1864 it was given the status of state.
It became an independent state when the venezuelan territory was organized under the United States of Venezuela (Estados Unidos de Venezuela). In 1881 it was part of Bolívar state together with Guayana, however in 1899 it recovered its status of independent state.
Apure, the capital of the state, was founded on February 28, 1788, by Capitán de Infantería de los Reales Ejércitos Fernando Mijares Gonzáles, a military commander and politican from Barinas. The name of the state was designated in 1864, to honor the Apure river, which is the main affluente of the Orinoco river.
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