Characteristics Of Christopher Guyan The Arawaks And Caribs

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Guyana is a country in the northeastern part of South America and also the only South American country where English is the main language. About 33% of the population has African ancestry. About 17% of the population has a combination of different backgrounds. Even though there are many different combinations of ancestries in the country, many of the people (named mulattoes) have an African and European background. A little less than 10% of the population is Aboriginal. These people are separated into two different groups: the ‘coastal’ and ‘interior’. The Warao, the Arawak and the Carib are a few examples of those who are part of the coastal group. The Wapisina, the Arekuna and the Macusí are a few examples of those who are part of the interior group. (J.K Menke & B.C Richardson, Guyana: People, 2017) The Arawaks and Caribs were two of the first aboriginal groups in Guyana. They called the land Guiana (which meant “land of the water” in their language). Christopher Columbus discovered Guyana in 1498. (J.K Menke & B.C Richardson, Guyana: History , 2017) After this discovery, the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch and British started to fight each other to take control of the country. Once they had control, they separated it up into five different places: Venezuela, Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. (Hydrant & The Commonwealth Secretariat, Guyana: History, n,d)
Once slavery was stopped in 1838, the 85 000 former slaves started to go and live in the

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