Historical Events in Guyana

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Christopher Columbus Discovers Guyana

1498

Slaves are brought over from Africa

1548

Unofficial British take over

1820

Slave Trade Was Abolished

1833

British officially take over

1899

Granted Independence from the United Kingdom

1966

Desmond Hoyte becomes President

1985

TV reporter Mark Benschop is charged with treason

2002

UN sets up tribunal to try to resolve a border dispute with Suriname.

2004

Sever flooding destroys capital city and economy

2005

Who controlled Guyana

Dutch and French Control

1498 - 1820

Unofficial and official British control

1820 - 1966