The number of Venezuelan-born residents in Broward and Palm Beach counties more than doubled between 2000 and 2011, according to the U.S. Census. Just a year after Chavez first entered office in 1999, there were an estimated 12,034 Venezuelan-born people in Broward and Palm Beach counties. In 2011, there were about 24,634.

About Hugo Chavez:

EARLY YEARS

Born: 1954, in Barinas, Venezuela, to school teachers

Education: Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences, Caracas; Simon Bolivar University, Caracas

 

POLITICAL CAREER

1983: Founds the secret Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 with fellow military officers

1992: Leads failed coup to oust President Carlos Perez; imprisoned for two years

1994: Establishes the Fifth Republic Movement, a left- wing socialist party

1998: Wins presidential election, promising ³revolutionary² social policies

2000: Re-elected for six-year term under new constitution

2001: Says U.S. is fighting ³terror with terror² in war in Afghanistan after

9-11 attacks

2002: Abortive coup topples him for two days

2006: Wins re-election

2009: Wins referendum lifting term limits on elected officials

2011: Begins cancer treatment

Oct. 2012: Re-elected again

March 5, 2013: Dies after long battle with cancer