The colonial period history guyana south america abolition bbc news timeline. It was divided by european powers into spanish guiana (venezuela), portuguese (brazil), french guiana, dutch (suriname) and british (guyana) preindependence. Guyana was first colonized by dutch settlers in the 1600s.Who were the first Europeans to settle Guyana?
The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle modern day Guyana. The Netherlands had obtained independence from Spain in the late 16th century and by the early 17th century had emerged as a major commercial power, trading with the fledgling English and French colonies in the Lesser Antilles.What was Guyana like during the French Revolution?
Guyana changed hands with bewildering frequency during the French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars (mostly between the British and the French) from 1792 to 1815. During a brief French occupation, Longchamps, later called Georgetown, was established at the mouth of the Demerara River; the Dutch renamed it Stabroek and continued to develop it.Who are the Guianas?
French Guiana and the two larger countries to the north and west, Guyana and Suriname, are still often collectively referred to as "the Guianas" and constitute one large landmass known as the Guiana Shield . French Guiana was originally inhabited by indigenous people: Kalina, Arawak, Galibi, Palikur, Teko, Wayampi and Wayana.