The Georgetown Fires of 1913

The Georgetown Fires of 1913

by Peter Halder

 The year 1913 was propitious for British Guiana.

Sir Walter Egerton was the British Governor.

For the first time, the head of the British Sovereign appeared on British Guiana Postage Stamps.

The first map showing the Corentyne River as the boundary between British Guiana and Dutch Guiana (Suriname) was published.

The population of the colony reached some 300,000 and the population of Georgetown was 57,500. The Amerindian population was 13,000.

Sugar, known as Demerara Crystal, continued to be the major export. Some 70,000 acres of coastland were under sugar cane cultivation. Other exports included gold, diamond, timber and rice.     [Read more]

This is just one of many  historical articles on Guyana written by Peter Halder that will be published on Guyanese Online.  You can read them all at Peter Halder’s website:  http://peterhalder.wordpress.com/

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