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Spanish was introduced in Venezuela by the conquistadors. Most of them were from Andalusia, and they brought their peculiar accent and usage of words. Others were from the Canary Islands, and because they were extremely isolated from mainland Spain, they had a distinctive accent, too. Portuguese and Italian immigrants came later.
The Spaniards additionally brought African slaves. This is the origin of expressions such as chévere (“excellent”), which comes from Yoruba ché egberi. Other non-Romance words came from Native languages, such as guayoyo (a type of coffee) and caraota (common bean). Continue reading