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Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to black settlement of urban areas and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. This ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.


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  GPS points from Guyana (Georgetown)

Bartenstyne Essequibo Islands-west Demerara Region

Moleson River East Berbice-corentyne Region

Maripabaro Creek Cuyuni-mazaruni Region

Nonama River Cuyuni-mazaruni Region

D'endragt Upper Demerara-berbice Region

Kanakonaka River Barima-waini Region

Kamwatta River Barima-waini Region

Queenstown East Berbice-corentyne Region




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