1 The Gulf of Paria (‘Gulf’; Bays and Gulfs) is a relatively shallow inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the north-east coast of Venezuela and the west coast of the island of Trinidad, part of the former British Colony of Trinidad and Tobago, which became independent in 1962 (Decolonization: British Territories). The Gulf extends about 80 miles from west to east and about 40 miles from north to south. It communicates with the Caribbean Sea, to the north, and with the open Atlantic, to the south-west, through two channels, each of which is less than 6 miles wide...
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