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A Lukewarm World Heritage Day 2019 in Guyana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

World Heritage Day 2019 in Guyana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

April 18 is the day when countries around the world observe International Day of Monuments and Sites, which is also known as “WORLD HERITAGE DAY. Again this year, that special day which was established by UNESCO, slipped by virtually unheralded here in Guyana.

It is a special day when citizens and tourists alike, visit Monuments and Heritage Sites in droves, hold a number of Conferences and Round Tables related to Monuments and Sites, and journalists write about the Monuments and Heritage Sites in their communities, towns and cities. I have only now come around to write this feature article regards World Heritage Day, 2019, and as such I’m one of those individuals who are, “Guilty by Omission”.

However, as the saying goes, “Better late than never”, and so here I am with this feature article which throws the spotlight on some of Guyana’s Monuments and Sights in our Beautiful “Land of Many Waters” and Lofty Hills and Mountains.          Continue reading

Historic New Amsterdam – Guyana

History of New Amsterdam

Historic New Amsterdam Map

The town of New Amsterdam  was developed as a settlement  beside Fort Nassau some 55 miles up the Berbice River.  Around 1784,  as a result of the fluctuating fortunes of Fort Nassau, the Dutch relocated  the town to its present site at the confluence of the Berbice and Canje Rivers.

The name New Amsterdam was chosen because most of the colonists originated  from the province of Amsterdam in Holland. Between 1785 – 1790,  New Amsterdam was established as the seat of Government for Berbice. at that time the town was little more than a forest settlement, with a house there and a house there, no roads, no drains.  [more]

Sites in New Amsterdam <click link     Continue reading

Historic New Amsterdam – Guyana

Historic New Amsterdam – Guyana

This information is from the website of the National Trust of Guyana found at this link.  We thank the national Trust for preserving and highlighting the Historical buildings and memories of British Guiana (Guyana).

The town of New Amsterdam developed as a settlement beside Fort Nassau some 55 miles up the Berbice River.  Around 1784, as a result of the fluctuating fortunes of Fort Nassau, the Dutch relocated  the town to its present site at the confluence of the Berbice and Canje Rivers.The name New Amsterdam was chosen because most of the colonists originated  from the province of Amsterdam in Holland. Between 1785 – 1790, New Amsterdam was established as the seat of Government for Berbice.

New Amsterdam Public Hospital in 1950

At that time the town was little more than a forest settlement, with a house there and a house there, no roads, no drains.By the resolutions of an Ordinance dated 11 January 1791, plots of land were awarded to settlers along the river front. In 1776 George Pinkhard described the town as that of a wild country, only just opening into cultivation. It comprised an extent of wood and water, with small patches of land breaking into incipient tillage.In May 1825 an Ordinance to establish a Board of Management for the town was passed.

Subsequent ordinances in October 1825 and September 1838 resulted in the establishment of a ‘Board of Policy’; to be responsible for the affairs of the Town. In 1844 a Board of Superintendence was established for this purpose.

Under their guidance the town grew.  The Board of Superintendence lasted until 1 September 1891, when legislation was enacted to incorporate the Town into a Municipality. The membership of this council consisted of members who had served on the Board of Superintendents and Mr. Neil Ross McKinnon, K.C., who was president of that Board, was appointed as the Town’s first Mayor.

Read full article with pictures here >Historic New Amsterdam

See also: Guyanese Online – May 2010 – Historic New Amsterdam

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