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Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.

Cabimas is a town on the shore of Lake Maracaibo in the state of Zulia in northwestern Venezuela. Its current population is around 200,859 in 2005. Before 1900, Venezuela was known to possess commercial quantities of petroleum. One major find was the Zumaque 1 well in 1914,  in the area of Mene Grande, about 50 miles  southeast of Cabimas. However, it was the blowout of the Barroso number two well in Cabimas in 1922  that marked the beginning of Venezuela's modern history as a major producer.
Cabimas still plays an important role in production from the nation's largest oil fields, which are located around and beneath Lake Maracaibo. However, other fields are increasing in importance, mainly in eastern Venezuela. Most refining in Venezuela takes place in refineries  outside of the Cabimas area.

Cabimas is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in Central America worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Central America.

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