Patos Island
Isla de Patos
Patos Island, as seen from the north-east
Patos Island Isla de Patos is located in Trinidad and Tobago
Patos Island Isla de Patos
Patos Island
Isla de Patos
Total islands1
StatusFederal Dependency
PopulationUninhabited (2015)
Patos Island

Patos Island (Spanish: Isla de Patos, Duck Island) is a small uninhabited island in the northwestern Gulf of Paria. The island is a part of the Dependencias Federales (Federal Dependencies) of Venezuela.


Patos Island is located about 540 kilometres (340 mi) northeast of Caracas in the Golfo de Paria (Gulf of Paria). The coordinates are 10°38′18″N 61°51′50″W / 10.63833°N 61.86389°W / 10.63833; -61.86389. It lies in the Boca Grande strait of the Bocas del Dragón (Dragon's Mouth), approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) off the Paria Peninsula of mainland Venezuela and about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west-south-west of Chacachacare, which is part of Trinidad and Tobago.

The uninhabited island has an area of only 0.65 square kilometres (0.25 sq mi)[1] with a length of 1.1 kilometres (0.68 mi) and 0.6 kilometres (0.37 mi) wide with the highest point reaching about 100 metres (330 ft).[2][3][4]


Anglo-Venezuelan Treaty (Island of Patos) Act 1942
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to approve a Treaty signed on behalf of His Majesty and on behalf of the President of the United States of Venezuela relating to the Island of Patos.
Citation5 & 6 Geo. 6. c. 17
Royal assent21 May 1942
Other legislation
Repealed byStatute Law (Repeals) Act 1995
Status: Repealed

Patos Island was part of the former British colony of Trinidad and Tobago.[5] On 26 February 1942, the island became part of Venezuela in exchange for Soldado Rock to Trinidad and Tobago[6] and was put under the administration of the Ministerio del Interior y de Justicia (Ministry of Interior and Justice)[1] as part of the Dependencias Federales.

See also


  1. ^ a b Excursión a la Isla de Patos (1964) – PDVSA-Intevep, 1997
  2. ^ Vila, Marco Aurelio. 1967: Aspectos geográficos de las Dependencias Federales. Corporación Venezolana de Fomento. Caracas. 115p.
  3. ^ Cervigon, Fernando. 1995: Las Dependencias Federales. Academia Nacional de la Historia. Caracas. 193p.
  4. ^ Hernández Caballero, Serafín (Editor). 1998: Gran Enciclopedia de Venezuela. Editorial Globe, C.A. Caracas. 10 volúmenes. ISBN 980-6427-00-9 ISBN 980-6427-10-6
  5. ^ González Oropeza, Hermann. y Donis Ríos, Manuel. 1989: Historia d elas fronteras de Venezuela. Cuadernos Lagoven. S.A. Caracas; ISBN 980-259-257-9
  6. ^ "ANGLO - VENEZUELAN TREATY (ISLAND OF PATOS) BILL. [H.L.]". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 12 May 1942.

10°38′18″N 61°51′50″W / 10.63833°N 61.86389°W / 10.63833; -61.86389