Meadow Bank Many, Many Years Ago

Meadow Bank Many, Many Years Ago

by Peter Halder

Meadow Bank, East Bank Demerara, located some two miles south of Georgetown, has undergone a significant transformation from the village it was some 175 years ago. Around that time, its population was overrun with Portuguese and it became the centre of the Catholic Church in Guyana.

With the abolition of slavery in 1834, many of the African slaves who worked on sugar estates eagerly left the inhuman and barbaric conditions on the estates to seek their fortune and future elsewhere.

Portuguese from Madeira began arriving as indentured immigrants in 1835. By 1882, over 30,000 Portuguese had immigrated to then British colony.  Many settled at Meadow Bank. As a result, Meadow Bank became the centre of the Catholic Church.       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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