British Guiana in 1853

British Guiana in 1853 – 15 years after slavery was abolished

Written by LandownerJohn Brumell

British Guiana in 1853  – Page 1

British_Guiana in 1853  PDF copy of Book 135 pages.

This is an extremely important book as it gives a snapshot of British Guiana almost 160 years ago…. in 1853.  It is interesting, even with its biased analysis of the colony as viewed by a landowner and colonist.

The writer gives a brief history of the three colonies – Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice – that were combined to form British Guiana now Guyana.

He highlights the difficult geography, drainage and irrigation problems and the shifting coastlines are expalined in detail, and the use of steam pumps for drainage. Many of the same problems of  drainage remain to this day.

Most of all he notes the falling production of sugar, coffee and cotton after abolition, and the efforts to recruit workers to fill the labour needs. Workers were recruited from other West Indian islands, Africa, Madeira, China and most of all India.

 Original Published by: T. Bosworth in 1853 in 133 pages; Subjects: Slaves; Blacks; Guyana; Labor; Working class; Labor and laboring classes; Business & Economics / Labor; History / Latin America / South America; Political Science / Labor & Industrial Relations; Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies; Social Science / Slavery.
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  • Naraine Datt  On June 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    This is a classic and should be in every Guyanese home.

  • Herbert Dow  On June 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks Cyril,

    This historical tome is invaluable. I shall preserve it and share.


  • Dennis Canterbury  On June 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm


    Thank you very much for this most important work on the history of Guyana.

    Dennis C. Canterbury, PhD
    Professor of Sociology
    Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
    Eastern Connecticut State University
    83 Windham Street
    Willimantic, CT 06226
    Tel. 860-465-0121
    Fax: 860-465-4610
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  • Ameena Gafoor  On June 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Dear Cy,
    Thank you very much for this. Greatly needed and much appreciated.
    And many thanks for featuring the new issue of The Arts Journal a few newsletters ago.
    Keep up the good work.
    Trust you are keeping well.

  • Jennifer Snyder  On June 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I love the end of p 16 to 17, where it talked about the fertility of the soil and the treasures to be found in Guyana. Our country is so blessed, it is a shame that these blessing are being squandered.

    Jenn S

  • I, de Oliveira  On June 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    before the British came, the Dutch made reclaimed land out of the sea, and built a wall around the coast for water return, called the Sea Wall, and forts and dykes for drainage and irrigation….one For was called Zea Overall, which means “See Overall” and one called Kyke Overall, which means “Look Overall” the drainage and irrigation system by the Dutch, if maintained and improved, would have been a good one.

  • Bernard Ramsay  On June 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    From: Bernard Ramsay

    Sent: Saturday, June 18, 2011 8:13 AM
    Subject: RE: British Guiana in 1853

    Thanks, This is fantastic reading reminds me of Rodway’s History of Georgetown.


  • Waveney Phillipe  On June 19, 2011 at 12:59 am

    On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 8:18 PM,

    Can you obtain this book locally?
    Waveney Phillipe

  • Raija Rosenthal  On June 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    to Cyril Bryan
    date Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    subject Re: [New post] British Guiana in 1853

    Thank you Cyril for this!
    How would I be able to obtain a hard copy or material on this particular book ?
    raija rosenthal

    • guyaneseonline  On June 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      You could print the PDF file copy I have on the Blog
      This book is from Google Books… it can be downloaded FREE and copied/printed as well.
      It is an e-book and is available FREE in various formats- for different equipment – from Google Books at the following link.. I used the PDF format in the Weblog entry


  • Malcolm Cliffe  On June 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    to Cyril Bryan
    date Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    subject Re: [New post] British Guiana in 1853

    I think I read this book some years ago. It is a good idea to bring it to the attention of your readers. The offspring of the diaspora would be largely disinterested, I believe.

    Malcolm Cliffe

  • Harry Hergash  On June 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    date Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    subject RE: [New post] British Guiana in 1853

    Dear Cy:

    Thanks for bringing this publication to our attention – greatly appreciated.


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