Category Archives: History

TRAVEL: Discovering the Three Guianas: French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana

FEATURED ITINERARY: DISCOVERING THE HIDDEN GUIANAS

Imagine three sisters. All have similar features and a common history, but one speaks French, one Dutch, and the third English.

That, in a nutshell, is the story of The Three Guianas: French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. The three countries are located side by side in the northeast corner of South America, all have the Caribbean Sea as a border, and all are part of the Guiana Shield, one of the only four pristine tropical forests remaining in the world. The Guiana Shield covers an area of 1.2 million square miles and also includes parts of Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil.            Continue reading

Moray House Trust: Early Colonial Georgetown – By Wayne Mc Watt- May 8, 2021 @ 5PM EST

 A bit of history, a little architecture and a dose of urban planning. 
Title:              Early Colonial Georgetown
Speaker:        Wayne Mc Watt
Date:             Saturday 8th May 2021
Time:            5PM Guyana, New York, Toronto, 10PM UK

U.S.A: The truly aggrieved are the descendants of slaves not of slave owners– By Mohamed Hamaludin

In this time of coronavirus/COVID-19, “herd immunity” has become a familiar phase but there are two versions. One says that nobody should be vaccinated, allowing everybody to be infected and the virus simply disappears. The scientific version is that everybody – or at least a sufficient number of people –should be vaccinated, making the population immune.

It is an absorbing intellectual exercise trying to determine which version applies to European Americans – the so-called white people – that has caused them to become immune to the reality of their original sin and the continuing agony of the descendants of the four million enslaved African Americans – the so-called black people.      Continue reading

Moray House Trust: Kala Pani: migration to and indenture in British Guiana – May 5, 2021

Title:               Kala Pani: migration to and indenture in British Guiana
Date:              Wednesday 5th May 2021
Time:              5PM Guyana, New York, Toronto, 10PM UK
YouTube:      https://youtu.be/U17dAhiGLu0
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In order to commemorate Arrival Day on 5th May 2021, Moray House Trust has curated and produced a video recording of readings, poems and illustrations about migration to and indenture in British Guiana. The readings are drawn from three sources; a historian of indenture and two that are effectively eye-witness accounts from about 1870.
Here is the link to our short film (45 minutes).
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It will be available for viewing from 5PM on Wednesday 5th May 2021.
Please share and enjoy: https://youtu.be/U17dAhiGLu0
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VIDEO: Postage Stamps: British Guiana (now Guyana) – 1850-2020 – By Lal Balkaran

CLICK LINK: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-UoTjPk4k4D-sB87BtvKqkjgLkgPdZAV/view?usp=drivesdk

Postage Stamps: British Guiana (now Guyana) – 1850-2020 

A picture profile of over 500 stamps compiled and presented by Lal Balkaran

PROFILE: AA Thorne: Guyanese politician, trade unionist, journalist and educator – By Nigel Westmaas 

AA Thorne
AA Thorne

Described as the “lean man with the jerky gait”, Alfred Athiel Thorne straddled the political and social life of Guyana for more than 60 years, in a career spanning from the late 19th to mid-20th century. Yet little is known in modern times about this titanic figure in the political and social life in colonial Guyana and his significant roles in supporting and struggling on behalf of the working class and other causes.

Contrast this with the reception accorded his contemporary, Hubert Critchlow, whose career and contributions are fairly well documented and recognized. This is surprising as Thorne arguably had an equally impactful career as his sometime rival Critchlow.        Continue reading

USA– ‘Decades ahead of his time’: history catches up with visionary Jimmy Carter

Former president Jimmy Carter with his wife Rosalynn in 2018. Was Carter actually so ineffectual?
Photo: Former president Jimmy Carter with his wife Rosalynn in 2018. – The Washington Post/Getty Images

A new film rejects the popular narrative and recasts the former president, 96, as hugely prescient thinker, particularly on climate change

Mon 3 May 2021 14.39 BST THE GUARDIAN
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OPINION: A kind look at the complex issue of race in Guyana – By Geoff Burrowes

– By Geoff Burrowes

I was born into and grew up in a multi-racial society. There were black people who were the descendants of slaves who had been sold to slave owners and treated as chattels or the owner’s property, to be used as the owner pleased. Most had worked on cotton or sugar plantations in dreadful conditions and after generations of freedom, still bore the scars of that experience.    Continue reading

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VIDEO: Scottish independence: could Britain break up? | The Economist

Scottish independence: could Britain break up? | The Economist – Published on April 18, 2021

The union between the nations of the United Kingdom is looking increasingly fragile, thanks to Brexit.

If Scotland were to break away from Britain it would face an uncertain future—as would the rest of the union.