Georgetown – the garden city

Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, is almost fairy tale in appearance, thanks to the tree-lined streets and avenues and the quaint Dutch colonial and Victorian architecture stemming from its days as Dutch and English colonies. Georgetown lies below the high-tide level, protected by a seawall with a series of canals crisscrossing the city.

Located on the mouth of the Demerara River fronting the Atlantic Ocean, Georgetown, originally called Stabroek, was an ideal location for European presence in the Caribbean. Rich in timber, bauxite, gold and diamonds, the land supported sugar cane plantations and enriched the colonial governments.

The Spanish, Dutch, French and English all had their eyes on this region and for years each struggled to possess it. The Dutch initially gained the upper hand and established Stabroek. The British occupied the Dutch colony during the Napoleonic Wars and renamed the capital, and largest city, in 1812 as Georgetown in honor of George Ill.

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6 Responses to Georgetown – the garden city

  • Raymond Rampersaud says:

    Hello every guyanese fellos, just would like to say how proud I am to be a Guyanese Canadian, but at the said time its very sad to say we are not safe to back home, we all call guyana our home but it not like before.

  • Raymond Rampersaud says:

    Well happy dewali to all my people espcially the members of Maria”s Lodge Sumaat Mandalee, Johanna cecelia mandir and Eccles Hindu temple happy shub holi

  • Kay Khan says:

    So delightful to see this beautiful photo. It reminds us all living abroad, how enriched Guyana is, and how sad that politics and power have destroyed what should have been a powerful country and one that should lead. I have lived in the UK most of my life, but Guyana is my home, and I remember it as paradise.

    Well done to the photographer who took this photo.

  • Helena Martin (DaSilva) says:

    The Blue Saki is indeed a symbol of my beautiful Guyana. I doubted another paradise existed on earth. Sadly, all of that has changed in the last forty years since I left its shores for Australia. A pity we will no longer have the freedom to roam the streets without having to look behind our shoulder. Peace to everyone who still resides there and rest assure, my navel string is buried there.

    • Naomi says:

      you´re right to say there´s no other paradise on earth, i agree with you as my navel string is buried there too, how significant are those words!!!!
      Jesus Christ loves you guyana………

  • bettyboo says:

    I feel the way. Guyana is the one place I would like to call home in my retirement years but as was mentioned before, safety is a big issue. Its a run-away crime riddled society BUT my hope is that the ministry in charge of its security is working diligently to rid the country of this problem. So many would like to retire there. In the long run it will prove be a good thing not only for the country’s economy but for the people to have fresh/new ideals as to how they should live.

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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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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%


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.


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


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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