Guyana Independence day
The region is known as “Guyana”, which is known as the “land of many glasses of water” north of the Amazon River and east of the Orinoco River. Originally inhabited by many local groups, Guyana was settled by the Dutch before it came to British rule in the late 18th century. It was ruled as British Guiana, mostly a planting-style economy until the 1950s. It gained independence in 1966, and in 1970 became a formal republic within the Commonwealth.