In the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1814, the Dutch ceded their colonies of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice to the United Kingdom. In 1831, the British combined the three colonies into one, calling it British Guiana. Just three years later, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire, leading to the attempted use of indentured servants from around the world (including the United States) creating Guyana’s ethnically diverse population. The country received its independence in 1966, at which point the U.S. established its first embassy there.
- Assisting disabled Guyanese students with rights and education through the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund and P.L. 480 (food aid) programs
- Sponsoring workshops on managing natural oil and gas resources in accordance with the Energy Governance and Gas Initiative partnership between the U.S. and Guyana
- Supporting the Guyana government in its fight against narcotics trafficking through law enforcement assistance and money laundering intelligence under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative
- Promoting awareness and protection of Guyana’s biological diversity and environment through art displays and ecological studies
- Combating HIV/AIDS within Guyana through PEPFAR