The Tramways of Georgetown – British Guiana (Republished)

Due to requests we have re-blogged this post that was first published on Guyanese Online on April 28, 2010.  Click

— Post #1107

Guyanese Online


by Allen Morrison

Tram on Water Street, Georgetown -1928
Tram on Water Street, Georgetown -1908

British Guiana – today called Guyana – was one of three colonies settled by Northern Europeans on the northeast coast of South America. Jurisdiction and borders were disputed for 400 years and it was not until recently that any degree of autonomy was achieved. French Guiana became a département of France in 1946. Dutch Guiana acquired independence and became Republic of Suriname in 1975. British Guiana got its independence in 1966 and was renamed Guyana; it became Republic of Guyana in 1970. The Dutch gave the name Stabroek to their metropolis on the Demerara River. The British renamed it Georgetown in 1812.

In 1848 the British built a railroad, 5 miles long, from Georgetown to Plaisance, which was the first railroad on the South American continent. (Peru and Chile opened their first railroads in 1851…

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