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History Of Guyana

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Nine indigenous tribes live in Guyana: the Wai Wai, Macushi, Patamona, Lokono, Kalina, Wapishana, Pemon, Akawaio and Warao. Historically, the Lokono and Kalina tribes have dominated Guyana. Although Christopher Columbus sighted Guyana on his third voyage (1498), the Dutch were the first to establish settlements there: Essequibo (1616), Berbice (1627) and Demerara (1752). After the British took control in 1796, the Dutch officially ceded the territory in 1814. In 1831, the three separate colonies became a single British colony known as British Guiana. In 1838, some Indians serving as indentured servants of the lower caste were transported from Indian villages to Guyana, where they intermarried with Guyanese and formed half of Guyana’s current population.

Since its independence in 1824, Venezuela has claimed the territory west of the Essequibo River. Simón Bolívar warned the British government in a letter that settlers from Berbice and Demerara should not settle on these lands, which the Venezuelans claimed as the supposed heirs to the 16th century Spanish claims to the territory. In 1899, an international tribunal ruled that the lands belonged to Britain.

In 1962, Venezuela made its first official claim to the territory west of the Essequibo River at the United Nations, citing defects of nullity and what are known in international law as acts against the good faith of the British government, as well as an alleged compromise by some members of the Paris Decision. The Venezuelan government denied the nine points on which the London government had based its claim on 12 November 1962. In 1966, the Geneva Agreement was signed between Venezuela and the United Kingdom (on behalf of its then colony, British Guiana) in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17 February 1966. This was an interim arrangement to reach a final settlement of the boundary dispute, often defined as “agreeing on a settlement” and even invalidated the 1899 arbitral award, it led to the status quo being maintained. Therefore, the claim area under the authority of the Government of Guyana is not resolved until there is something else under the treaty. The first article of the document recognises the containment of Venezuela to consider as null and void the decision of the tribunal that defined its border with British Guiana. The UK to sign the document recognise the claim and non-compliance of Venezuela remember and find a practical, peaceful and satisfactory solution for the parties, The border disputes exist and no final solution has been reached.

Guyana gained independence from the UK on 26 May 1966 and became a republic on 23 February 1970, but remained a member of the Commonwealth. The US State Department and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as the British government, played an important role in influencing political control in Guyana during this period. The US government supported Forbes Burnham during the early years of independence because Cheddi Jagan was identified as a Marxist. They provided covert financial support and political campaigning advice to Burnham’s People’s National Congress, to the detriment of the People’s Progressive Party led by Jagan, which was supported mainly by Guyanese of Indian origin.

In 1978, Guyana received international attention when 918 members of the American Peoples Temple cult died in a mass murder/suicide. However, most of the suicides were committed by Americans, not Guyanese. Over 300 children were killed; the people were members of a group led by Jim Jones in the Jonestown colony they founded. Jim Jones’ bodyguards had previously attacked people taking off from a small, remote airstrip near Jonestown, killing five people, including Leo Ryan, the only US Congressman ever to be assassinated in office.

In May 2008, President Bharrat Jagdeo was among the signatories of the UNASUR treaty establishing the Union of South American Nations. Guyana has ratified the treaty.

How To Travel To Guyana

By air Cheddi Jagan International Airport (IATA: GEO) Originally called Timehri International Airport (Timehri means "rock painting"), it was renamed in honour of the displaced indigenous peoples of Guyana. Daily international flights depart and arrive at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, located approximately 40 km south of Georgetown. International flights include flights...

How To Travel Around Guyana

When people in Guyana talk about buses, they mean minibuses. Minibuses operate throughout Guyana and are the cheapest way to travel. Minibus fares range from GYD 60 to GYD 1,000 depending on the length of the journey. Travelling in this mode at night can be risky. Many parts of Guyana...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Guyana

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to travel to Guyana: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Luxembourg, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, St Kitts...

Destinations in Guyana

Regions Guyana Coastal Plain (Georgetown, Bartica, Mabaruma, New Amsterdam)Guiana Highlands (Lethem, Paramakatoi)Berbice-Corentyne (Linden) Cities Georgetown - the country's capital, located in Demerara County.BarticaMabarumaNew Amsterdam, the country's second largest cityLethemLinden, a bauxite mining town originally named McKenzie but renamed after the country's first executive chairman, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham.Parika - located on the...

Weather & Climate in Guyana

Guyana's climate is tropical with hot and humid conditions tempered by northeast trade winds. There are two distinct rainy seasons: May to mid-August and mid-November to mid-January. Flash floods are a constant threat during these rainy seasons.

Accommodation & Hotels in Guyana

Accommodation in Guyana is very good. Georgetown offers by far the greatest choice of options, but there are a number of problems here. None of the 'luxury' options in the capital - particularly the Pegasus and Princess - have the polish or charm to justify the hundreds of US dollars...

Things To See in Guyana

Mashramani. A Native American word meaning "feast after hard work". This event takes place every year on 23 February, when the country celebrates the anniversary of its republic. It is a carnival-like event with float parades and costumed groups. Colourful float parades and costumed groups march through the city....

Food & Drinks in Guyana

Food in Guyana Guyanese cuisine, like the country as a whole, is a Creole fusion. If there is a dominant cuisine, it is the dishes influenced by the Indian subcontinent that have been localised. The best known are curries, including chicken, pork, beef, pumpkin and aubergine. The larger roti shops and...

Money & Shopping in Guyana

Guyana is home to many markets and, more recently, shopping centres. The Stabroek Market is a picturesque market in Georgetown. For tourists, it is best to go to the market in a group or with a local you feel comfortable with. Flights are possible, but infrequent. On the esplanade opposite...

Festivals & Holidays in Guyana

1 JanuaryNew Year's DaySpringYouman Nabi23 FebruaryRepublic Day / MashramaniMarchPhagwahMarch / AprilGood FridayMarch / AprilEaster Sunday5 MayDay of arrival of the Indians26 MayIndependence DayFirst Monday in JulyCARICOM Day1 AugustEmancipation DayOctober / NovemberDiwali25 DecemberChristmas26 or 27 DecemberBoxing Day

Internet & Communications in Guyana

Police +592 226 2487 Emergency call - 911Fire +592 226 2411 Emergency call - 912Emergency service - 913Cheddi Jagan International Airport +592 261 2245Ministry of Foreign Affairs +592 226 1606Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade +592 226 2392Guyana Telephone & Telegraph +592 225 1315Licensing and Tax Office +592 223...

Language & Phrasebook in Guyana

The only official language is English (with British spelling) and is spoken by everyone, although most people speak Guyanese Creole as their first language. English is highly accented and can be difficult for foreigners to understand.

Culture Of Guyana

The culture of Guyana is very similar to that of the English-speaking Caribbean. It is historically linked to the English-speaking Caribbean as part of the British Empire when it became a possession in the 19th century. Guyana is a founding member of the Caricom (Caribbean Community) economic bloc and...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Guyana

Stay Safe in Guyana Georgetown is notorious for its petty street crime. Do not walk alone at night or even during the day unless you know the area well. Areas such as Tiger Bay, east of Main Street, and the entire south-eastern part of the city, including Albouystown and Ruimveldt,...



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