Collection Items

  • Book/Printed Material
    Introduction to the Guiana colonies. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. Introduction to the Guiana Colonies is Number 134 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 38 pages

  • Book/Printed Material
    British Guiana. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. British Guiana is Number 135 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after the...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 118 pages

  • Map
    New Map of the Wonderful, Large and Rich Land of Guiana.
    Nieuwe caerte van het wonderbaer ende goudrycke Landt Guiana
    This hand-colored map of Guiana (present-day French Guyana, Suriname, and Guyana) is the work of Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612), the patriarch of one of the most famous Dutch mapmaking families. The map includes annotations in Dutch about the indigenous peoples of northern South America, along with fantastic illustrations of South American animals. The Amazon and Orinoco rivers are both well depicted on the map.
    • Contributor: Hondius, Jodocus
    • Date: 1598
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    Guyana, or, the Kingdom of the Amazons.
    Guiana, siue, Amazonum Regio
    This map of colonial Guiana (present-day Suriname) is the work of Jan Jansson (died 1664), a Dutch cartographer who married into the Hondius family of illustrious mapmakers. Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) and his sons, Jodocus and Henricus, engraved maps of the Americas and Europe, and were instrumental in popularizing the work of Gerard Mercator, the developer of the Mercator Projection that allowed navigators to use...
    • Contributor: Jansson, Jan
    • Date: 1600
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    West India Islands and the Approaches to the Panama Canal.
    West India Islands, & the Approaches to the Panama Canal
    This large folding map, issued by the London Geographical Institute during World War I, shows the islands of the Caribbean Sea and the approaches to the Panama Canal. The canal had opened to traffic in early 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the war. Protection of the canal against possible sabotage by Germany was a concern of U.S. military planners in World War I...
    • Contributor: London Geographical Institute
    • Date: 1915
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    British Guiana. This map, prepared and printed in 1908 at the office of the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, United Kingdom, provides a relatively detailed view of the geography of British Guiana (present-day Guyana), one of only two British colonies on the mainland of South and Central America (the other being British Honduras). A note indicates that the portion of the map north of 5° North latitude is...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Ordnance Survey - Anderson, Charles Wilgress
    • Date: 1908
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    Map of the Colonies of Suriname and Berbice.
    Landkaart van de Volkplantingen Suriname en Berbice
    This 18th-century map shows the Dutch plantations in Suriname and Berbice. The map is oriented with the north at the bottom. The names ascribed to locations outside the neatly demarcated plantations suggest resistance to Dutch domination by local Indians, indentured servants, and slaves imported from Africa. They include several places marked "rebel villages," "village of runaways," and "village of rebel slaves." The inset map...
  • Map
    Sketch Map of British Guiana. Robert Hermann Schomburgk (1804--65) was a British naturalist and surveyor known for his pioneering surveys of British Guiana (present-day Guyana). Born and educated in Germany, he traveled to the West Indies in 1830 where he completed a survey of one of the Virgin Islands that was published in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1835--39, under the direction of the Royal Geographical...
    • Contributor: Schomburgk, Robert H. (Robert Hermann), Sir
    • Date: 1840
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    Guiana and Caribana.
    Guiana, verdeelt in Guiana en Caribana
    This map of part of the northern coast of South America is a Dutch version of a map originally produced around 1650 by Nicolas Sanson (1600--1667), royal geographer to Kings Louis XIII and XIV, and commonly known as the father of French cartography. Numerous editions copied from Sanson were printed in the early 18th century. The map covers the region from the island of...
    • Contributor: Sanson, Nicolas
    • Date: 1700
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    Map of the Colony of Berbice Located in Batavian Guiana in America between the Colonies of Demerara and Suriname.
    Kaart van de Colonie de Berbice gelegen in Bats. Guiana in America tusschen de Colonien van Demerarie en van Surinamen
    This detailed 1802 map, drawn by a Dutch military officer and issued by the distinguished Amsterdam cartographic publishing firm of Covens and Mortier, shows the Dutch colony of Berbice as it appeared at the beginning of the 19th century. Located along the Berbice River in present-day Guyana, Berbice was established in 1627 under the authority of the Dutch West India Company. The inset map...
    • Contributor: Bouchenroeder, Friedrich Von, Flourished 1795 - Baarsel, Cornelis Van
    • Date: 1802
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    Map of the Whole of Guiana or the Savage Coast, and the Spanish West Indies at the Northern End of South America.
    Kart van geheel Guajana of de Wilden-Kust
    This 18th-century Dutch map, produced in Amsterdam by the publisher Isaak Tirion (circa 1705--circa 1769), shows the northern coast of South American and its offshore islands, including Curaçao, Bonaire, and neighboring islands; Trinidad and Tobago; and Grenada. Guiana is divided, from west to east, into Spanish, Dutch, and French sections, corresponding roughly to a part of present-day Venezuela and present-day Guyana, Suriname, and French...
    • Contributor: Tirion, Isaak, 1705 1769
    • Date: 1720
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Porkknocker Ready for his Journey Across the Mountains, on his Back is a Warishi. This photograph shows a man on the savannahs of Guyana, carrying his equipment and belongings in a warashi (a knapsack-like basket) on his back. He appears to be prepared for a trek into the interior of Guyana, in search of gold and diamonds. A porkknocker is a Guyanese prospector and miner who extracts and processes gold and diamonds using simple methods. These rugged individualists...
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Searching for Diamonds. This photograph shows three porkknockers in the interior of Guyana. A porkknocker is a Guyanese prospector and miner who extracts and processes gold and diamonds using simple methods. These rugged individualists have been responsible for some of the great discoveries of gold and diamonds in Guyana's interior. There are many stories of porkknockers who struck it rich, but then spent their fortunes in ways...