What was Venezuela named for?

Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci named the region Venezuela, meaning Little Venice, in 1499. He had seen houses built on stilts along a lakeshore and saw the similarity to the Italian city of Venice.

Venezuela comes from local language which was Sanskrit (or derived from Sanskrit) before Spanish conquest. Vanozwala in Sanskrit means a land with shining or beautiful forests and park-like settings for which the country is famous for! This can not be a coincidence!