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New Amsterdam: Guyana’s oldest town celebrates 127 years

Guyana’s oldest town celebrates 127 years

Old Photo of New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam which is Guyana’s oldest town is presently celebrating its 127th anniversary.

The town which is located about five miles from the mouth of the Berbice River on its eastern bank is situated at the confluence of the Berbice and Canje Rivers. New Amsterdam became a town exactly 100 years before it became a Municipality and has so far had 66 Mayors.

About 1733, the name New Amsterdam was given to a little village that sprang up around Fort Nassau about 56 miles up the Berbice River. This name was chosen because most of the shareholders were from the province of New Amsterdam in Holland.   Continue reading

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