In South America there are three regions that are unknown to the vast majority of people. Is about Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. Today we want to move to the first one, a country located on the north coast of South America, although its inhabitants identify more with Europe as the roots of the ancient colonizers predominate. In fact, English is the only official language.
Guyana is home to extremely rich fauna and flora, as well as hiding stunning landscapes. And, although there are not too many worthwhile beaches, in the interior you can find the rain forest, which remains authentic. Today we move to this country, the third smallest in South America, to tell you about its main cities. As always, we have based ourselves on the number of inhabitants. Do you want to join us?
First of all, we must talk about Georgetown, the capital of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. Located in front of the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of the Demerara River, it is the economic and administrative center of the country. It houses the University of Guyana and Saint George's Cathedral, an excellent example of Victorian-era architecture.
Guyana's second most populous city is Linden, capital of the Upper Demerara-Berbice region. Its economy is mainly based on the exploitation of bauxite, a rock composed of hydrated aluminum oxides. And although the city has a large number of mines for this mineral, many are in disuse.
In third position we find New Amsterdam, which is located only 90 kilometers from the capital, in the East Berbice-Corentyne region. Located next to the mouth of the Berbice river, it is considered an important port for the exploitation of bauxite.
Guyana's fourth most populous city is Corriverton, which also belongs to the East Berbice-Corentyne region. It is located on the eastern border of the country, opposite the city of New Nickerie in Suriname. Its population descends from Hindus and Africans and it is common to find temples Hindus, mosques and churches.
Another important city in this South American country is Rose Hall, which is located in the same region as the previous ones, 22 kilometers from New Amsterdam. It was also founded by the Dutch colonists, although it was later transferred to the descendants of the slaves of the plantations.
Guyana's sixth most populous city is Skeldon, which also belongs to the East Berbice-Corentyne region. It is located on the Courantyne River estuary, which forms the country's border with Suriname. It is important to note that the production of sugar it forms the backbone of the local economy.
We must also talk about Rosignol, a town located in the Mahaica-Berbice region, which is located on the west bank of the Berbice river, opposite New Amsterdam. The population is mainly made up of people of Indian and African origin. Although it has improved a lot in recent years, poverty is a major problem in the city.
The eighth Guyana's most important city in terms of population is Mahaica, which is located in the Demerara-Mahaica region, like Georgetown, which, as we mentioned before, is the country's capital.
Finally, we want to talk about Ituni, which belongs to the Alto Demerara-Berbice region. Its economy is mainly based on the extraction of bauxite. And although in the seventies it was a place prosperous Once famous for its nightlife and excellent entertainment, poverty is an issue today.
A Tourist's Guide to Georgetown, Guyana (September 2020)
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