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Afro-Guyanese
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Total population
43.2% of Guyana's population
Regions with significant populations
Guyana (Georgetown)
United Kingdom, Canada, United States
Languages

Guyanese Creole

Religion

Christianity and Islam

Afro-Guyanese people are the inhabitants of Guyana of Black African origin. When planters made land available to East Indians in the late 19th century when they had denied land to the Africans several decades earlier, Afro-Guyanese resentment of other colonial ethnic groups was reinforced. The Afro-Guyanese people's perception of themselves as the true Guyanese derived not only from their long history of residence, but also from a sense of superiority based on their literacy, Christianity and British colonial values.

By the early twentieth century, the majority of the urban population of the country was African Guyanese. Many Afro Guyanese living in villages had migrated to the towns in search of work. Until the 1930s, Afro Guyanese, especially those of mixed African and European descent, comprised the bulk of the nonwhite professional class. During the 1930s, as the Indian Guyanese began to enter the middle class in large numbers, they began to compete with Afro Guyanese for professional positions.

Notable people of Afro-Guyanese descent

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