British Guiana; The North-Western District

Everard F. im Thurn
1892 Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography  
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more » ... me that I ought chiefly to take geographical description as the basis, working other information in episodically. I have endeavoured to follow his advice. Unliks most travellers, it has been my lot to snark the results of rr}y svolk, not, in tlle first place, on paper, with ink and protractor, but lvith Government stations, with lines of colnmunication connecting these stations, and with the general apparatus of administrative organisation. This has been done over a tract of some 9400 square miles of British territory, before almost unknown, and quite unutilised. My nap-naking, in this very practical sense, has been orl what was, when I first began it in 1883, the unknown north-western portion of our colony of 13ritish Guiana. During my nine years' work I have beell actively engaged, first, in ascertaining the nature of the countrJ=, and tllen in transforming this from its state of desolate and unbroken swamp, smothered in densest tropical vegetation, and inhabited but by a few Redmen, into an integral part of tlle colony, with a rapidlyincreasing population, and promising to be in the near future oIle of the busiest and most productive parts of our only possession oll the southern half of the continent of America. So rapidly indeed is this transformation now proceeding, that I hesitate to show its results on paper, for the record of one week's work may be rendered worthless by the advance of the next. YetX just as, concurrently with this actual work which we are carrying oll in the new country, we -that is, m-staS and myself-are jotting down on temporary ever-changing maps the new developments, so it has seemed to me not ill-advised that I should, while I atn here at home in a period of comparative rest, gia e you an account of what is at the moment being done.
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