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The climate in Guyana is hot, but pleasant for most of the year,
particularly in the coastal belt which is cooled by the sea breeze. The average
temperature ranges between 79°F and 87°F. The rainy season occurs in
May and June, and then again in December and January, with an average rainfall
of 91 inches.
Guyana is derived from an Amerindian word meaning "land of many waters." The area of the Guianas, bounded by the rivers of the Orinoco, Amazon, Rio Negro and the Atlantic Ocean, is believed to have been settled before 900 AD by Warrau Indians, and later by the Arawak and Carib tribes. However, there is no evidence from these times of a very advanced civilization.
Sir Walter Raleigh's voyage in 1595 and his subsequent book on the riches of Guyana, did much to stimulate interest in the area. The French and English, as well as the Dutch, laid claim to the region in the 17th century, and it was settled in separate areas by the three nations - the Dutch colonies being located in what is now Guyana.
From 1781 onwards, British influence became increasingly evident, but it was not until 1814 that the colonies of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice were finally ceded to Britain, while the Courts of Policy and Combined Courts, the legislative and executive bodies created by the Dutch, remained in operation under British rule for another century. In 1831 the three colonies merged to become British Guiana.
The territory attained its independence on May 26, 1966 and became a Republican State on February 23, 1970.Our People
During the 18th and early 19th centuries slaves were brought in large numbers from West Africa to work on the cotton and sugar plantations. When slavery was abolished in 1834 the former slaves refused to work for their former masters, even for wages. They left the plantations and established their own village communities.
Immigrants were therefore brought in to work, first from Europe (Germany,
Malta and Portugal), then China, and eventually in large numbers from India.
Today the country's population reflects its immigrant history with Africans,
East Indians, Chinese, Portuguese, Europeans, Amerindians, and a fascinating mix
of all these races - living side by side.
Georgetown, New Amsterdam, Linden, Rose Hall, Corriverton, Anna Regina.
Timehri, 42km from Georgetown.
GMT -4. Current time in Georgetown.
216,000 sq km
English and Creole are widely spoken throughout Guyana.Currency
The official currency is the Guyanese dollar, but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted. Foreign currency can be changed at banks, cambios and hotels.Electricity
110V and 220V.Entry Requirements
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