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Dominion of Guyana

Commonwealth realm
Flag of None 1966–1970 Flag of Guyana
Flag of Guyana Coat of Arms of Guyana
Map of Guyana
RegionGuiana
CapitalGeorgetown
Government Constitutional monarchy
Monarch
- 1966-1970Elizabeth II
Prime Minister
- 1966-1970Forbes Burnham
Legislature National Assembly
History
May 26, 1966Independence
February 23, 1970Republic
Commonwealth accessionMay 26, 1966
Flag of None British Guyana Guyana Flag of Guyana
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The Dominion of Guyana (1966-1970) was a constitutional monarchy in South America. It was also one of the Commonwealth realms.


Background

Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to black settlement of urban areas and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. This ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments.[1]

Monarch

  • Elizabeth II () (May 26, 1966 - February 23, 1970)


Prime Minister

  • Forbes Burnham () (May 26, 1966 - February 23, 1970)

Nation

Guyanan Polities

Guianan Polities

Neighbouring Nations

References

  1. The CIA World Factbook: Introduction - Background

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