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Saturday, September 7, 2013

From South America, No. 118 on the blog

A reader from the South American country of Guyana clicked on this blog this week, raising to 118 the number of countries that have had readers here.
Guyana is officially part of the Caribbean Community, one of the few such countries not an island, and its headquarters are in Guyana's capital Georgetown.
Originally settled by the Netherlands, it became a British colony for 200 some years before gaining independence in 1996.
Its population is about 750,000, 90 percent living on the narrow coastal strip, and the country is about one third the size of Texas, and slightly smaller than Idaho. Its names comes from a native language meaning land of many waters. What is most notable is that it has one of the largest unspoiled rain forests in the world, much of it almost inaccessible. It received a $45 million reward from Norway for its forest protection efforts.
Paradise, protected from humans, with a hint of hell, thanks to a religious nut.
It is probably best known in America, unfortunately, because it was the site of the "Jonestown" atrocity in 1978 when 918 followers--men, women and children--of a religious nut Jim Jones all committed suicide, drinking poisoned "Koolaid." 
The flag, adopted at independence, uses colors to symbolize the forests and agriculture, white for rivers, gold for minerals, black for endurance, and red for zeal. Guayana becomes the ninth South American country to have a reader of this blog. Welcome.
(By the way, I get much of my information on this countries from Wikipedia.)


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