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Travel Guyana wishes to invite you to a beautiful town called New Amsterdam that is located between the estuaries of the Berbice and the Canje Rivers that was once the administrative and military center of Berbice. This town is situated 5 miles (about 8 km) upstream and is one of the country’s largest cities with a population of about 30,000 people. 

Similar to Georgetown, New Amsterdam had very unpretentious beginning. That is, when the Dutch had first colonized Berbice, they had built their settlements upriver, and Fort Nassau was constructed 56 miles up the Berbice River that protected the Dutch settlers against pirates. Nevertheless, the settlements were attacked on various occasions by the French and the British. In 1733, there was about 25 houses built around Fort Nassau and this town was later called New Amsterdam. Later when Fort Nassau was abandoned the village was moved to a new site but it still retained its name and became a town in 1891.

Transport in New Amsterdam also has an international port of entry and was the second largest in Guyana until in the 1970’s it was surpassed by Linden. This made it one of the largest towns in the Berbice County. Being the terminus for the Corentyne highway and the road along the east bank of the Berbice River, is an important junction for passengers and cargo which goes from the Corentyne to Georgetown. A ferry service is operated from New Amsterdam and Rosignol (the eastern terminus of the highway leading to Georgetown). New Amsterdam is the administrative capital of Berbice County with several government buildings, offices, business and educational institutions. This area is sheltered by the experiences of the north east trade winds and is approached by vessels drawing 4.4 meters across the Berbice River bar.

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