The Spanish explored the area in 1499, and the Dutch settled here in the 17th century. It was occupied by the British from 1796 and established, with adjacent areas, as the colony of British Guiana in 1831. In 1966, it became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations
from an American Indian word meaning 'land of waters'.
- More example sentences
- I say Caribbean, not Trini, because the flags and bandanas we saw represented were dominated by Jamaican, Barbadian, Guyanese, and other non-Trinidadian colors.
- While we were going through immigration on the Guyanese border I saw this grasshopper that was about three inches in length and I ‘persuaded’ it into crawling onto my hand.
- The family who owns and runs the restaurant lives upstairs, so don't be surprised to see some Guyanese children milling in and out periodically to get some advice - or food - from Mummy.
Definition of Guyana in:
- The British & World English dictionary