The City of Georgetown

A section of Camp Street

A section of Camp Street

Once called Longchamps by the French and Stabroek by the Dutch, Georgetown is the name settled upon by the British for the capital of its South American territory of Guyana in 1812.

Set on the east bank of the Demerara estuary, this charming colonial settlement has a population of about 200,000 and is Guyana’s most important city.  Here you’lll find the seat of government, the chief port and the main commerical centers and markets.

Parliament Building in Georgetown

Parliament Building in Georgetown

Because of the Georgetown’s low altitude, it is in constant danger of being flooded by the Atlantic at high tide.  A long dyke called the Seawall and a geometric system of streets divided by the canals and regulated by sluice gates – all built by the Dutch to control sea flooding – gives Georgetown its distinctive Dutch character.  The seawall is now a favourite spot for Georgetown folk to unwind on an afternoon, just relaxing or jogging.

It is a city full of historial monuments, many of them gracious colonial buildings that are still used today for practical purposes such as the City Hall, the Magistrate’s Court and gothic St. George’s Cathedral, reputedly the tallest wooden structure in the world, to name a few.

St George's Cathedral

St George’s Cathedral

With the profusion of flowering plants and trees that abound, plus several well-maintained gardens around the city such as the Botanic and Zoological gardens, Georgetown has attracted the moniker of “Garden City of the Caribbean”.

Shopping for locally made craft, including Amerinidan work, is the best you’ll find anywhere in the Caribbean.  There’s even a tourist strip on Sheriff Street with a plethora of bars, nightclubs and restaurants if a little action is more your style.  Georgetown is also your gateway to the fabulous interior of the country, with its vast stretches of pristine rainforests and wide savannahs.

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One Response to The City of Georgetown

  • Reya persaud says:

    The beautiful country called,”Guyana”,that is made up
    Of six races n also dat have the oldest rainforest n made up
    Of the world highest one drop waterfalls yep n dats jus alittle
    About the dreamland called,”Guyana”,my home country:)

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Guyana Facts

Official Name
The Co-operative Republic of Guyana. Georgetown is the capital city.

National Symbols
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Population

Approximately 751,223 (Census 2002) of which 90% live along the coastal strip and banks of the three major rivers. The ethnic composition of the population is as follows:

  • East Indian 43.5%
  • Black (African) 30.2%
  • Mixed 16.7%
  • Amerindian 9.1%
  • Other 0.5%

Location

North East of South America between 1o & 9o North Latitude and 57o & 61o West Longitude, bordering Venezuela to the West, Brazil to the South, Suriname to the East.

Language

The official language is English. Often spoken with a Caribbean Creole flavour. Guyana is also the only English speaking country in South America.

Government

Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 and a “Cooperative Republic in 1970, when a non executive President replaced the Governor-General. A new constitution in 1980 gave the President wide executive powers. The Cabinet is headed by the President, and there is a 65-member National Assembly elected by proportional representation.

President: Bharat Jagdeo
Prime Minister: Samuel Hinds

Other information

Currency: Guyana Dollar
Time Zone: GMT – 04:00
Area: 214,970 km2 or 83,000 sq mi
Country Code: 592
We drive on the left side of the road.

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