Timeline of Guyana

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Christopher Columbus sights Guyana.

1498

This is important because it shows that Christopher Columbus was the first person to sight Guyana.

Dutch establish trading posts upriver.

1580

This shows that the Dutch are finally begginng European settlement.

Dutch West India Company establish a foothold on Guyana.

1620

It shows the Dutch gaining a foothold on Guyana.

Guyana changes hands several times between the Dutch, French, and British.

1780 - 1813

The territory was declared the colony of British Guiana.

Britian occupies Guyana during the Napoleonic Wars.

1814

The British took ruling over Guyana.

A new town named Amsterdam is created constucted in Berbice.

1822

When Amsterdam was created.

As African slaves gain freedom, labourers from Portugal are imported.

1835

When African slaves gained freedom.

On August first blacks were fully liberated.

1838

This shows when blacks were fully free.

Many labourers from India return to their homelands.

1843

This shows that the labourers got to return to their homelands with greater wealth then before.

Central Guyana is discoverd by a geological survey team.

1870

It shows when central Guyana was discoverd.