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Unlike the cliches in our minds, Our world is full of diversity! Not everyone knows there’s a Portuguese speaking country in Asia, or that there’s a country that banned TV and Internet until recently, but not because of censorship, only to preserve its traditions! Or that a witchcraft religion is an official language in an African country!
Today, we’ll get to know a South American country that’s not a typical Argentina!
Let’s start by its history, shall we?
Recent History of Guyana
Guyana was getting controlled by Dutch before the UK took over. Until then, mostly Amerindians (Indigenous people) were living in Guyana, but Britain brought a lot of workers from Indian as well as a few from Africa who changed the country’s demography dramatically.
Guyana remained a British colony until declaring independence on 26 May 1966. Britain and the US helped them to form a successful democratic government.
Guyana’s western neighbor, Venezuela has claimed some parts of Guyana as theirs which is still not solved, and the main reason behind it is that one of these parts has oil which would make more than $70 Billion in total revenue.
People in Guyana
Guyana has unique demographics compared to its neighbors like Venezuela or Brazil.
As mentioned above, about half of the population is Indian (Mostly from northern India) as well as African descendants who were brought to the region by the UK. The rest are Amerindians (Indigenous people), white, and even Chinese.
Guyana is the only country in both North and South America that recognizes Hinduism as an official religion since it is the religion of many Indians in the country. They kept their religion, but not the language.
Everyone in Guyana speaks English. Some of them also speak Hindi, Creole, Portuguese, and Dutch!
What to do in Guyana
Kaieteur Falls in Guyana
Kaieteur Falls is the largest single-drop waterfall in the world by the volume of water flowing over it. It is four times higher than Niagara falls in Canada and the US.
This 226 metres (741 ft) high waterfall would leave you stunned!
Stabroek Market in Guyana
Stabroek Market is Guyana’s busiest place where tons and tons of people are busy selling and buying. If you want to get to know the culture, walk there for an hour!
Demerara Harbour Bridge in Guyana
This 1.25 miles (2.01 km) long bridge connects Georgetown (The capital) to the nearby cities. The bridge has a pedestrian foot walk that makes it ideal for a nice workout during vacation!
Mount Roraima in Guyana
Mount Roraima is a weirdly shaped mountain, that is located where Guyana meets both Venezuela and Brazil. This mountain is Guyana’s tallest mountain while both Venezuela and Brazil have taller ones in other parts of their countries.
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21 thoughts on “Guyana – an Indian nation in South America”
Love Guyana and their food ! Love from Grenada 🙂
Thank you for your comment! 😊
I am Church Minister from African and I always see myself wanting to visit Guyana. I wanna see the beauty of this combination of Indians and Africans. I will make a trip after COVID-19 if I get a Church contact in George Town
That’s perfect! I’d love to hear about your journey when you make it there!
This is the country where God saw fit for me to begin. The only English-speaking country in South America.
I see. Are you currently living there? If yes, how do you like it there?
No I have lived in the US for over 3 decades now but we go back pretty frequently.
I see! That’s good to keep your ties with your roots! 😊
Always a lot of fun to visit.
I’m from Guyana. It’s always a pleasure to see my country featured in an article or on television. I left it in the early ’80s and haven’t been back since. I will always have fond memories of my life in Georgetown.
Wow! I’m honored to have a local comment on this post!
Thank you very much! 😊
You’re welcome 🙂 Maybe one of these days I will visit Guyana.
I’d love to read about your trip if you do it!
I still have to visit Guyana. It’s where my family is from before moving to Canada. Every trip had to be cancelled due to something happening (this year is was Covid19). Hopefully soon I will be able to visit!
hope you get to visit Guyana soon. It’s a beautiful country with friendly people!
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I hope so too! Thank you!
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Thank you for your supportive comment! 😊
My pleasure 🥰
That is a strange Flat Top Mountain.
It is strange! A lot of people visit it every year!
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