Image: A Venezuelan palafito
like the ones seen by Amerigo Vespucci
. Stilt houses are houses raised on piles over the surface of the soil or a body of water. They’re built primarily as protection against flooding, and also keep out vermin. The shady space under the house can be used for work or storage. (Venezuela
means “little Venice.)
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ, Americas column, in re: Venezuela, the failed state.