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Georgetown, the Capital of Guyana

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Cover Photo by John Greene

First Published: 16th of January, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.

Last updated: February 19, 2024 at 17:45 pm

Georgetown is the capital city of Guyana, and it is also the country’s only city. The city of Georgetown is located in Administrative Region No. 4. Originally founded by the Dutch and called Stabroek, the British changed the name to Georgetown in 1781. The city of Georgetown is home to Guyana’s chief port: Port Georgetown which lies on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Demerara River.

Photo: John Greene

The population of Georgetown is approximately 350,000 and comprises of the East Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, African, Indigenous, whites (smallest group), and mixed races. Economic activities in Georgetown include manufacturing, retail outlets, shipping and transportation industries, hotels, restaurants, and night clubs. Since 2015, with the discovery of sweet light crude off the coasts of the Atlantic, oil and gas has been a growing economic activity in Georgetown. A large fraction of the population of Georgetown are employed in government controlled sectors.

There are a number of private and public schools in Georgetown. Some private schools include Mae’s Academy and School of the Nations. Queen’s College, Guyana’s number 1 high school, is located in Georgetown.

Photo: John Greene
Photo: John Greene
Photo: John Greene
GDF Camp Ayanganna
Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts
The Botanical Gardens
Get your fresh fish at Bourda Market
The Canadian High Commission in Georgetown’s recently commissioned mural.
Inside City Mall
The Cuffy Statue or 1763 Monument
Crossing to Vreedenhoop from the back of the Stabroek Market, also called the Stabroek Wharf
The Eugene Correia International Airport, formerly called Ogle airport, located about 5 minutes drive from Georgetown. (2019 photo)
The entrance to Giftland Mall
Inside Giftland Shopping Mall
Kitty Public Road
Kitty Seawall
Robb Street
Church and Camp Streets
Georgetown Public Hospital (2019 photo)
Inside Mario’s Pizza
Marriot Beach – Easter 2019
Movie Towne (2019 photo)
The National Museum
Inside Oasis Cafe (2019 photo)
Regency Hotel
St. Andrew’s Kirk
The Stabroek Market
Tower Hotel
The Umana Yana (2019 photo)

This article was reprinted in the Guyana, South America Monthly Magazine June 2022 Edition.

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