Guyana’s gifts to the world – By Alex Murray – BBC News

Guyana’s gifts to the world

Guyana Map 2015It’s 50 years since the British colony of British Guiana became Guyana.

Covering 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles), it is the only English-speaking country on mainland South America.

In popular culture, the country is sadly best known for the tragic events of Jonestown, where more than 900 people died in a mass suicide.

To mark the 50th anniversary of independence, BBC News highlights some of the positive contributions from “the land of a thousand rivers”.

The Lost World        

Mount Roraima, a tabletop mountain on the borders of Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela

Mount Roraima

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sci-fi dinosaur adventure draws heavily on the Guyana Highlands – which extend across three countries – Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela.

Lying on the border of all three, Mount Roraima’s tabletop shape is unmistakably that described in the book.

It was first scaled by a European team in 1884, according to Unesco, by “a British expedition team led by Everard Im Thurn”.

You might also recognise it for inspiring the landscape of the Disney/Pixar film Up.   [Read more]

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