Guyana’s gifts to the world
Covering 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles), it is the only English-speaking country on mainland South America.
In popular culture, the country is sadly best known for the tragic events of Jonestown, where more than 900 people died in a mass suicide.
To mark the 50th anniversary of independence, BBC News highlights some of the positive contributions from “the land of a thousand rivers”.
The Lost World
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sci-fi dinosaur adventure draws heavily on the Guyana Highlands – which extend across three countries – Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela.
Lying on the border of all three, Mount Roraima’s tabletop shape is unmistakably that described in the book.
It was first scaled by a European team in 1884, according to Unesco, by “a British expedition team led by Everard Im Thurn”.
You might also recognise it for inspiring the landscape of the Disney/Pixar film Up. [Read more]