Published by the History Departments at The Ohio State University and Miami University
Boom and bust. That economic cycle has happened repeatedly in places dependent on one natural resource, like Venezuela and petroleum.
In the 1970s, Venezuela had the highest growth rate and lowest inequality in Latin America. Thanks to an oil bonanza, the government was able to spend more money (in absolute terms) from 1974 to 1979 than in its entire independent history. Indeed, during this time, this Gran Venezuela had the highest per capita GDP in region.
La Reina Pepiada is the most famous arepa in Venezuela. It is said that the original receipt was a toasted arepa stuffed with a chicken “guiso” and then baked accompanied with avocados y petit pois.
Currently … establishments don’t serve the Reina in its actual receipt. The arepa now is stuffed with chicken salad, mayonnaise and avocados. Its creator is still alive. His name is Heriberto Alvarez; he’s 83 years old and is a native of Las Araujas a small population in Trujillo state. Heriberto says he cannot take the whole credit himself, he gives credit to his six sisters who have already passed and of course his mother.