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MAIN STREET NEW AMSTERDAM TOWN -New Amsterdam to Rosignol.
MAIN STREET NEW AMSTERDAM TOWN -New Amsterdam to Rosignol.
Published: 2016/08/23
Channel: Martin Ramsammy
Mash 2017 in New Amsterdam, Guyana
Mash 2017 in New Amsterdam, Guyana
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
New Amsterdam,Berbice News
New Amsterdam,Berbice News
Published: 2009/09/01
Channel: MsBacoo
New Amsterdam Guyana Mash 2017.
New Amsterdam Guyana Mash 2017.
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Keon Hector
Streets Of N/A Pt.1
Streets Of N/A Pt.1
Published: 2014/02/01
Channel: Andy Henry
New Amsterdam, Berbice by
New Amsterdam, Berbice by 'bike
Published: 2013/08/14
Channel: PhenomxIV
Guyana Berbice #57 Village to New Amsterdam (FULL LENGTH) 2016
Guyana Berbice #57 Village to New Amsterdam (FULL LENGTH) 2016
Published: 2016/11/24
Channel: SLICKBACK93
Guyana 1993 (video 003) - New Amsterdam Berbice
Guyana 1993 (video 003) - New Amsterdam Berbice
Published: 2011/04/16
Channel: SuperPrivatevideos
New Amsterdam Prison Celebrates Another Year
New Amsterdam Prison Celebrates Another Year
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
Thousands Flock New Amsterdam For Mash Tramp
Thousands Flock New Amsterdam For Mash Tramp
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
New Amsterdam Prison Aims to Improve Its Services
New Amsterdam Prison Aims to Improve Its Services
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
Take a Trip from Georgetown to New Amsterdam Berbice, Guyana, South America
Take a Trip from Georgetown to New Amsterdam Berbice, Guyana, South America
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: Cedric Benn GCDC
Public Market, New Amsterdam Guyana
Public Market, New Amsterdam Guyana
Published: 2013/09/14
Channel: João Leitão
A brawl at the New Amsterdam Prison on Wednesday has left one person dead and another nursing seriou
A brawl at the New Amsterdam Prison on Wednesday has left one person dead and another nursing seriou
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: LRTVS Newsroom
LIl Rick in New Amsterdam Guyana.
LIl Rick in New Amsterdam Guyana.
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Keon Hector
Mash 2015 in New Amsterdam, Guyana
Mash 2015 in New Amsterdam, Guyana
Published: 2015/03/02
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
New amsterdam 2016/2017
New amsterdam 2016/2017
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: Kimberly guyanese gal
Street Of New Amsterdam 2nd Chapter
Street Of New Amsterdam 2nd Chapter
Published: 2015/01/11
Channel: East Wise Films
NEW AMSTERDAM FLOOD
NEW AMSTERDAM FLOOD
Published: 2016/12/23
Channel: LRTVS Newsroom
Guyana New Amsterdam Ecole / Guyana New Amsterdam School
Guyana New Amsterdam Ecole / Guyana New Amsterdam School
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: hors frontieres
Guyana New Amsterdam, Gopro / Guyana New Amsterdam, Gopro
Guyana New Amsterdam, Gopro / Guyana New Amsterdam, Gopro
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: hors frontieres
Canje Bridge, New Amsterdam Guyana 20th November, 2014
Canje Bridge, New Amsterdam Guyana 20th November, 2014
Published: 2014/11/21
Channel: Carl De Souza
NEW AMSTERDAM PRISON CHRISTMAS LIGHTUP
NEW AMSTERDAM PRISON CHRISTMAS LIGHTUP
Published: 2016/12/16
Channel: LRTVS Newsroom
OVERHEAD VIEW OF NEW AMSTERDAM GUYANA
OVERHEAD VIEW OF NEW AMSTERDAM GUYANA
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: Selector Swag
Guyana, New Amsterdam, Mara (raw & unedited) Part 1
Guyana, New Amsterdam, Mara (raw & unedited) Part 1
Published: 2012/01/28
Channel: Whitney1600
Pandit Rajin Balgobind Interview At Sri Krishna Mandir (New Amsterdam, Guyana)
Pandit Rajin Balgobind Interview At Sri Krishna Mandir (New Amsterdam, Guyana)
Published: 2014/07/15
Channel: LetsTalkWithLakshmee
Guyana Route vers New Amsterdam, Gopro / Guyana Road to New Amsterdam, Gopro
Guyana Route vers New Amsterdam, Gopro / Guyana Road to New Amsterdam, Gopro
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: hors frontieres
St. Therese
St. Therese's Primary School, New Amsterdam, Guyana
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: Lindsey Daugherty
Apnu+Afc Victory Celebration - New Amsterdam (Guyana)
Apnu+Afc Victory Celebration - New Amsterdam (Guyana)
Published: 2015/05/21
Channel: East Wise Films
Theatre Alley, New Amsterdam, Guyana
Theatre Alley, New Amsterdam, Guyana
Published: 2008/02/26
Channel: persaudfamily
Mash 2013 in New Amsterdam, Guyana
Mash 2013 in New Amsterdam, Guyana
Published: 2013/02/23
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
TONY MATTERHORN IN GUYANA  (NEW AMSTERDAM STELLING RD.) FEB 2015 CANDY SHOP PROMOTION
TONY MATTERHORN IN GUYANA (NEW AMSTERDAM STELLING RD.) FEB 2015 CANDY SHOP PROMOTION
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: MAAD ANTZ PRODUCTION
Japanese Man Cycling Around the World Makes Stop In New Amsterdam
Japanese Man Cycling Around the World Makes Stop In New Amsterdam
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
Guyana Berbice #57 Village to New Amsterdam (Speed 2x)
Guyana Berbice #57 Village to New Amsterdam (Speed 2x)
Published: 2016/11/22
Channel: SLICKBACK93
Guyana Sortie de New Amsterdam, Gopro / Guyana Exit New Amsterdam, Gopro
Guyana Sortie de New Amsterdam, Gopro / Guyana Exit New Amsterdam, Gopro
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: hors frontieres
NEW AMSTERDAM,BERBICE GUYANA.EASTER TIME
NEW AMSTERDAM,BERBICE GUYANA.EASTER TIME
Published: 2010/09/18
Channel: werdnamcaulay
Miss Guyana UK Visits New Amsterdam
Miss Guyana UK Visits New Amsterdam
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
Taxi ride from Georgetown to New Amsterdam, Guyana 3
Taxi ride from Georgetown to New Amsterdam, Guyana 3
Published: 2014/05/09
Channel: João Leitão
New Amsterdam, Berbice woman celebrates 100th Birthday
New Amsterdam, Berbice woman celebrates 100th Birthday
Published: 2013/04/19
Channel: CapitolNewsGY
upper levels barbershop. new amsterdam guyana. producer zj antsman.
upper levels barbershop. new amsterdam guyana. producer zj antsman.
Published: 2012/09/22
Channel: DISC JOCKEY ANTSMAN
New Amsterdam Berbice, Guyana in 1993
New Amsterdam Berbice, Guyana in 1993
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: jonfromqueens3
STRAND- NEW AMSTERDAM  - Strand To  Canji Bridge Berbice
STRAND- NEW AMSTERDAM - Strand To Canji Bridge Berbice
Published: 2014/01/12
Channel: Martin Ramsammy
New Amsterdam M&TC Preps For Rainy Season
New Amsterdam M&TC Preps For Rainy Season
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
Taxi ride from Georgetown to New Amsterdam, Guyana 1)
Taxi ride from Georgetown to New Amsterdam, Guyana 1)
Published: 2013/09/14
Channel: João Leitão
New Amsterdam Mayor Addresses The Pitt Street Flood Situation
New Amsterdam Mayor Addresses The Pitt Street Flood Situation
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: Dave's Television Station Ch-8
Chefs Support New Amsterdam Market
Chefs Support New Amsterdam Market
Published: 2013/03/04
Channel: NewAmsterdamMKT
Hospital
Hospital
Published: 2007/11/02
Channel: netsurire
NEW AMSTERDAM BERBICE ,ST ALOYSIUS SCHOOL
NEW AMSTERDAM BERBICE ,ST ALOYSIUS SCHOOL
Published: 2010/09/30
Channel: werdnamcaulay
Bansuri (Flute) Solo - Sri Krishna Mandir, Gay Park, New Amsterdam Guyana
Bansuri (Flute) Solo - Sri Krishna Mandir, Gay Park, New Amsterdam Guyana
Published: 2014/04/21
Channel: Vidyaratha Kissoon
New amsterdam, guyana tennis
New amsterdam, guyana tennis
Published: 2013/05/11
Channel: slick trooper
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New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam Town Hall (1950)
New Amsterdam Town Hall (1950)
New Amsterdam is located in Guyana
New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam
Location in Guyana
Coordinates: 6°15′N 57°31′W / 6.250°N 57.517°W / 6.250; -57.517Coordinates: 6°15′N 57°31′W / 6.250°N 57.517°W / 6.250; -57.517
Country Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana
Region East Berbice-Corentyne
Population
 • Total 33,000

New Amsterdam (Dutch: Nieuw Amsterdam) is one of the largest towns in Guyana, located in the East Berbice-Corentyne Region, 62 mi (100 km) from the capital, Georgetown. It is located on the eastern bank of the Berbice River, 4 mi (6.4 km) upriver from its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean, and immediately south of the Canje River. New Amsterdam's population is approximately 33,000.

History[edit]

New Amsterdam has its origins in a village which grew up alongside Fort Nassau in the 1730s and 1740s. The first Nieuw Amsterdam, as it was called then, was situated about 56 mi (90 km) up the Berbice River on the right bank. Before the 1763 slave uprising it comprised a Court of Policy building, a warehouse, an inn, two smithies, a bakery, a Lutheran church and a number of houses, among other buildings. Built in 1740 by the Dutch, New Amsterdam was first named Fort Sint Andries. It was made seat of the Dutch colonial government in 1790. In 1803 it was taken over by the British.

The little township was a pioneer in several by-laws; it boasted the first sanitation regulations on record (no privies near the public path, drains to be dug and places kept weeded) and the first price controls in the only hostelry in town. The serious imbibers in this society would be happy to learn that many of these applied to alcoholic beverages, including madeira, genever (Dutch gin), kilthum (the forerunner of rum) and even a drink made by the Amerindians. Of course, alcohol was not considered an indulgence in those days, but rather a necessity, since it was erroneously believed that it warded off diseases like malaria, which it was claimed came from exposure to 'miasmas'.

In March 1763, the rebel leader Cuffy made the Court of Policy building in the little town his headquarters, and on either side of its doorway he placed two cannon, which had been repaired for him by the blacksmith Prins. When the revolutionaries were forced to retreat upriver in 1764, New Amsterdam was torched under the supervision of Prins, and only the brick Lutheran church survived. After the uprising was crushed, he was charged with arson and executed.

While the village was rebuilt afterwards, by the 1770s it was already becoming apparent that it had ceased to be the centre of the colony. The planters had begun to move to the more fertile soils of the lower river, leaving the township somewhat isolated upstream. At first the Dutch authorities had some grandiose plans to construct imposing government buildings there - plans which can still be seen in the State Archives in The Hague. However, eventually they had to recognize that such development would be futile in a context where Berbice's economic activity was centred on the lower river, and in 1785 they took a decision to relocate the town to the mouth of the Canje.

As is often the case with bureaucrats, nothing happened immediately. However, by June 1790, the authorities were ready for private residents, and in January of the following year they published an ordinance laying down the conditions for the granting of house lots in the present New Amsterdam. Each resident had to empolder his land and dig drainage ditches, and anyone who had not built a house within six months of the government being transferred from upstream, was to lose his lot.

Five years later, Berbice's capital fell into British hands, although not all its early visitors from that quarter of Europe were impressed by its appearance. Gradually, however, it acquired a character of its own, and to its credit it still boasts (among many other advantages) what is arguably the best example of Cesar Castellani's architecture extant, namely, the New Amsterdam Public Hospital. (It might be remembered that the powers-that-be allowed the Palms, the best example in Georgetown, to fall into such a state of disrepair that the building had to be demolished.)

In 1831, New Amsterdam lost its status as a capital, when the two colonies of Berbice and Essequibo/Demerara were combined into one to become British Guiana.

View of The Strand (1920s)

The present town is fairly small, consisting of three main roads with about a dozen cross streets. It has a mayor, Kirt Wynter, and a thriving market. From New Amsterdam you can get to Crabwood Creek (about 45 mi (72 km) away) via the Corentyne or to the East Canje area of Berbice. A road also leads up the Berbice River bank to the town of Mara about 25 mi (40 km) south.

Points of interest[edit]

New Amsterdam serves as a port and has a government-run hospital. The town has many old colonial buildings, some dating back to the time of Dutch colonisation. Mission Chapel has been designated a National Heritage Site. New Amsterdam had some of the best bathrooms at that time in America.

The main schools in New Amsterdam are Berbice High School, Berbice Educational Institute, Vryman's Erven Secondary, Tutorial Academy, and New Amsterdam Secondary formerly known as New Amsterdam Multilateral High School (opened in 1975).

The Esplanade is the name of an open public ground west of Esplanade Road and immediately opposite The Gardens. It evokes many pleasant memories of the time when it was immensely popular as a picnic resort and rendezvous for the people of Berbice. The bandstand there saw many splendid and well attended performances of the British Guiana Militia Band.

Travel[edit]

There are several hotels in the town - Church View Guest House, Astor Hotel, Little Rock Hotel, The Penguin International Hotel, and the Parkway Hotel. The newly built Little Rock Suites on Main Street (Not to be confused with Little Rock Hotel in Vryman's Erven).

In December 2008, travel to New Amsterdam was made much easier by the opening of the Berbice Bridge.

Notable people[edit]

Utilities[edit]

New Amsterdam has three television stations: DTV-8, located in the heart of the town, Little Rock Television Station (LRTVS) Channel 10 located in Vryman's Erven, TVG located in St. Ann Steet. DTV was the first television station in Berbice. The first radio station broadcasting from New Amsterdam was also launched in 2014 by Little Rock and broadcasts on FM 88.5MHz

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

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