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Guyana

  1. 1. Guyana: A Cultural Study <br />South America<br />
  2. 2. Location<br /><ul><li>5° 00’ N, 59° 00’ W
  3. 3. Between Venezuela and Suriname, north of Brazil
  4. 4. Capitol Georgetown is 3,374.1 miles from Minneapolis, MN
  5. 5. Flight time of 7 hours </li></li></ul><li>Place: “A Land of Many Waters”<br /><ul><li>Tropical, equatorial climate
  6. 6. 2 Rainy Seasons:
  7. 7. April-August
  8. 8. November-January
  9. 9. Average Temp: 68°F – 91°F
  10. 10. Not affected by:
  11. 11. Hurricanes
  12. 12. Floods
  13. 13. Tornadoes
  14. 14. Earthquakes
  15. 15. Volcanoes
  16. 16. Droughts</li></li></ul><li>Physical Features<br /><ul><li>Coastal Region
  17. 17. Hilly Sand Clay Belt
  18. 18. Highland Region: 4 Mountain Ranges
  19. 19. Imataka,northwest
  20. 20. Pakaraima, west: Mt. Roraima (9,091 ft)
  21. 21. Kanuka, southeast
  22. 22. Acarai, south
  23. 23. Kaieteur Falls (741 ft, 5 times Niagara Falls)
  24. 24. 2 Interior Savannahs</li></li></ul><li>People<br />Population Pyramid:<br />Age and Sex Distribution for the Year 2010<br />Total Population: 744,768 (164 out of the world; United States is 3rd)<br />Minneapolis + St. Paul + Brooklyn Park = 738,456<br />Georgetown, Capitol: population 235,000<br />Infant Mortality Rate: 37.89/1,000 (70 out of the world)<br />Life Expectancy: 66.7 years<br />
  25. 25. Religions<br />52% Christian<br />34% Hindu<br />7% Muslim<br />
  26. 26. Ethnic Groups<br />East Indian 43.5%<br />Black (African) 30.2%<br />Mixed 16.7%<br />Amerindian 9.1%<br />Other 0.5%<br />
  27. 27. History<br /><ul><li>Caribbean and American Natives settle during the 1200s
  28. 28. Dutch explorers arrive late 1500s</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>British and Dutch war throughout the 1700s
  29. 29. Dutch give British Guyana in 1803
  30. 30. Slavery outlawed in 1831
  31. 31. Increased immigration of East Indians
  32. 32. Importation of contracted Chinese laborers
  33. 33. 1889: Venezuela lays claim to a large portion of northwestern Guyana
  34. 34. 1899: International Tribunal declares land belongs to then British Guiana</li></li></ul><li>Guyana Today<br />Became fully independent in 1966<br />Continued racial disputes between Afro-Guyanese and Indian-Guyanese<br />2000: Venezuela revives its claim to land from 1889<br />Suriname and Guyana dispute oil-rich land along eastern border<br />Guyana Video<br />
  35. 35. International Attention <br />Jim Jones, leader of the Peoples Temple cult<br />Cyanide-laced FlavorAid<br />Jonestown, Guyana, November 18, 1978<br />

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