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Georgetown (Guyana)

LC control no.n 81120565
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Geographic headingGeorgetown (Guyana)
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Geographic subdivision usageGuyana--Georgetown
Variant(s)Georgetown (British Guiana)
City of Georgetown (Guyana)
Beginning date18120429
Associated countryGuyana
Found inJournal of the Walter Roth Museum ... 1978 (x-ref) t.p. (Georgetown, Guyana)
GeoNames, algorithmically matched, 2009 (ppl; 06°48ʹ00ʺN 058°10ʹ00ʺW)
Wikipedia, August 20, 2015 (Georgetown, Guyana; City of Georgetown; capital of Guyana, located in Region 4; The city of Georgetown began as a small town in the 18th century. Originally, the capital of the Demerara-Essequibo colony was located on Borselen Island in the Demerara River under the administration of the Dutch. When the colony was captured by the British in 1781, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Kingston chose the mouth of the Demerara River for the establishment of a town which was situated between Plantations Werk-en-rust and Vlissengen. It was the French who made it a capital city when they colonized it in 1782. The French called the capital Longchamps. When the town was restored to the Dutch in 1784, it was renamed Stabroek after Nicolaas Geelvinck, Lord of Stabroek, and President of the Dutch West India Company. It was renamed Georgetown on 29 April 1812 in honour of King George III. On 5 May 1812 an ordinance was passed to the effect that the town formerly called Stabroek, with districts extending from La Penitence to the bridges in Kingston and entering upon the road to the military camps, shall be called Georgetown; 6°48ʹN 58°10ʹW)
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