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Carúpano is a city in the eastern Venezuelan state of Sucre. It is located on the Venezuelan Caribbean coast at the opening of two valleys, some 120 km east of the capital of Sucre, Cumaná. This city is the shire town of the Bermúdez Municipality and, according to the 2001 Venezuelan census, the municipality has a population of 122,195.HistoryIt was somewhere on the Peninsula of Paria, near Carúpano, where Christopher Columbus first set foot on the American continent for the only time, during his third voyage (in all his other trips he only explored the Caribbean islands).It was in Carúpano where Simón Bolívar, the liberator of Venezuela, issued a decree ending slavery in 1814.The King Ferdinand VII of Spain on 1815 send a fleet of 18 warships and 42 cargo ships which landed in Carupano and Isla Margarita with the mission to pacify the revolts against the Spanish monarchy in the American colonies.In May 1962 Carúpano was the scene of a short-lived military rebellion against the government of Rómulo Betancourt, in which rebel military officers took over the city. The incident is known as El Carupanazo.
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