Essequibo River

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The Essequibo River (Río Esequibo) is the largest river in Guyana, and the largest river between the Orinoco and Amazon.wikipedia
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The Essequibo River (Río Esequibo) is the largest river in Guyana, and the largest river between the Orinoco and Amazon.
Major rivers in Guyana include the Essequibo, the Berbice, and the Demerara.

Mazaruni River

MazaruniRío Mazaruni
Its many tributaries include the Rupununi, Potaro, Mazaruni, Siparuni, Kiyuwini, Konawaruk and Cuyuni rivers.
The Mazaruni River is a tributary of the Essequibo River in northern Guyana.

Potaro River

Potaro
g., Kaieteur Falls on the Potaro River) along the route of the Essequibo, and its 20 km wide estuary is dotted with numerous small islands.
The river runs for approximately 225 km before flowing into the Essequibo River, Guyana's largest river.

Wakenaam

Wakenaam Island
For over 30 km from its mouth, the river's channel is divided by the large flat and fertile islands of Leguan, about 28 km2, Wakenaam, about 44 km2, and Hog Island, about 60 km2.
Wakenaam is an island of about 17.5 sqmi at the mouth of the Essequibo River of Guyana.

Leguan Island

Leguan
For over 30 km from its mouth, the river's channel is divided by the large flat and fertile islands of Leguan, about 28 km2, Wakenaam, about 44 km2, and Hog Island, about 60 km2.
Leguan Island is a small island situated in the delta of the Essequibo River on the coast of Guyana, South America.

Cuyuni River

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Its many tributaries include the Rupununi, Potaro, Mazaruni, Siparuni, Kiyuwini, Konawaruk and Cuyuni rivers.
The Cuyuni River is a South American river and a tributary of the Essequibo River.

Acarai Mountains

Acarai
Rising in the Acarai Mountains near the Brazil-Guyana border, the Essequibo flows to the north for 1014 km through forest and savanna into the Atlantic Ocean.
The headwaters of the Essequibo River, the longest river in Guyana, and the Courantyne River, have their sources in this range.

Hogg Island, Guyana

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For over 30 km from its mouth, the river's channel is divided by the large flat and fertile islands of Leguan, about 28 km2, Wakenaam, about 44 km2, and Hog Island, about 60 km2.
Hogg Island, (sometimes referred to as Hog Island) is the largest of the hundreds of islands in the Essequibo River in Guyana, it is located just 5 km from the river's mouth in its estuary into the Atlantic Ocean, located at 6.82417°N, -58.53167°W.

Kaieteur Falls

Kaieteur
g., Kaieteur Falls on the Potaro River) along the route of the Essequibo, and its 20 km wide estuary is dotted with numerous small islands.
The Potaro River empties into the Essequibo River which is one of the longest and widest rivers in South America and the longest river in Guyana.

Siparuni River

Siparuni
Its many tributaries include the Rupununi, Potaro, Mazaruni, Siparuni, Kiyuwini, Konawaruk and Cuyuni rivers.
It is a tributary of the Essequibo River.

Konawaruk River

Konawaruk
Its many tributaries include the Rupununi, Potaro, Mazaruni, Siparuni, Kiyuwini, Konawaruk and Cuyuni rivers.
It is a tributary of the Essequibo River, joining it just south of the Potaro River mouth at 5.3°N, -58.91667°W.

Murrays Fall

The river features Murrays Fall, Pot Falls, and Kumaka Falls.
Murrays Fall is a waterfall on the Essequibo River, Guyana, approximately 55 km south of the confluence with the Rupununi River.

Pot Falls

The river features Murrays Fall, Pot Falls, and Kumaka Falls.
Pot Falls is a waterfall on the Essequibo River, Guyana, approximately 30 km north of Kurupukari.

Kumaka Falls

The river features Murrays Fall, Pot Falls, and Kumaka Falls.
Kumaka Falls is a waterfall on the Essequibo River, Guyana, approximately 5 km north of the confluence with the Potaro River.

Dutch colonization of the Americas

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The first European settlement in Guyana was built by the Dutch along the lower part of the Essequibo in 1615.
While the first Dutch fort in Asia was built in 1600 (in present-day Indonesia), the first forts and settlements on the Essequibo River in Guyana date from the 1590s.

Lake Parime

In 1596 Lawrence Kemys, serving as second-in-command of Walter Raleigh's British expedition to Guiana, led a force inland along the banks of the Essequibo River, reaching what he wrongly believed to be Lake Parime.
One of these rivers leading south into the interior of Guiana was the Essequibo.

Branco River

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During floods the headwaters of the Branco River (a part of the Amazon basin) and those of the Essequibo are connected, allowing a level of exchange in the aquatic fauna such as fish between the two systems.
The latter almost links its sources with those of the Essequibo; during floods headwaters of the Branco and those of the Essequibo are connected, allowing a level of exchange in the aquatic fauna (such as fish) between the two systems.

Lawrence Kemys

Lawrence Keymis
In 1596 Lawrence Kemys, serving as second-in-command of Walter Raleigh's British expedition to Guiana, led a force inland along the banks of the Essequibo River, reaching what he wrongly believed to be Lake Parime.
Upon reaching Guiana, Kemys led a force inland along the banks of the Essequibo River, reaching what he wrongly believed to be Lake Parime.

Venezuela

VenezuelanBolivarian Republic of VenezuelaVEN
Venezuela claims that the Essequibo is the true border between it and Guyana, claiming all territory west of it.
Venezuela also claims all Guyanese territory west of the Essequibo River, a 159500 km2 tract dubbed Guayana Esequiba or the Zona en Reclamación (the "zone under dispute").

Alonso de Ojeda

Ojeda
In 1499, Alonso de Ojeda explored the mouths of the Orinoco and allegedly was the first European to explore the Essequibo.
The main flotilla arrived at the mouths of the rivers Essequibo and Orinoco in the Gulf of Paria.

Essequibo (colony)

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Essequibo is also the name of a former Dutch colony founded in 1616 and located in the region of the Essequibo River that later became part of British Guiana.
Essequibo (Dutch: Essequebo) was a Dutch colony on the Essequibo River in the Guiana region on the north coast of South America from 1616 to 1814.

Rupununi

Rupununi River
Its many tributaries include the Rupununi, Potaro, Mazaruni, Siparuni, Kiyuwini, Konawaruk and Cuyuni rivers.
The Rupununi River is one of the main tributaries of the Essequibo River and is located in southern Guyana.

Laura Bingham

Team members: Laura Bingham (expedition leader), Ness Knight, Pip Stewart, Peiman Zekavat (film director), Jon Williams (cameraman), Nereus Chekema, Nigel Isaacs, Jackson (Elijah) Marawanaru, Aron Marawanaru, James Suse, Fay James, Romel Shoni, and Anthony Shushu.
Laura Bingham (aka Laura Stafford) is an English explorer and adventurer best known for leading the world first descent of the Essequibo River in Guyana, South America.

Wai-wai people

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The expedition was only realizable with the support of the Guyanese government and the indigenous tribe of Wai-Wai-Amerindian settling in the very South of Guyana.
The Wai-wai in Guyana live in the far south of the country, near the headwaters of the Essequibo River.

British Guiana

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Essequibo is also the name of a former Dutch colony founded in 1616 and located in the region of the Essequibo River that later became part of British Guiana.
Venezuela claimed all lands west of the Essequibo River as its territory (see map in this section).