Background: Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to black settlement of urban areas and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. This ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, but until the early 1990s it was ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president, in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. Upon his death five years later, he was succeeded by his wife Janet, who resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001.
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- September 28th 2013 Even if someone tells you the mountain is more like a hill... the mountain is still a damn mountain!
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- September 23rd 2013 The life and times of the Victoria Amazonica
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- September 21st 2013 Marge, the rains are 'ere
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- September 15th 2013 Clearly I have spent too much time relaxing instead of blogging!
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- September 9th 2013 Toucan's and Jaguars... and Children - Oh My!
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- September 5th 2013 The heat… it’s starting to beat me!
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- September 4th 2013 Time to settle in and get on with it!
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- September 3rd 2013 How to beat claustrophobia
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- September 2nd 2013 Since when do I have cankles?
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- June 8th 2013 On my way
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- December 25th 2012 Disappointment in Georgetown
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- February 29th 2012 End of week 7 (already?)
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- February 21st 2012 End of Week Six
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- February 13th 2012 End of week five
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- July 26th 2011 Guyanaand Suriname2011
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- May 14th 2011 Georgetown - Guyana
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- October 3rd 2010 Guyana
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- July 6th 2010 Lethem to Georgetown
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- February 6th 2010 blog shifted
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- August 24th 2009 Guyana
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