Georgetown is the capital of Guyana and it is the country’s only city. It is defined by the Botanical Gardens, Public buildings, the famous Stabroek Market, seawall, the ancient architecture of City Hall and the hive of commercial activities that make the city extremely busy.
However, there are miniature ‘city’ across the country; the town of Anna Regina being one.
Anna Regina’s name was derived from the daughters of a Dutch Plantation owner, who are said to have perished by drowning. His daughters’ names were Anna and Regina. Like Georgetown, there are quite a number of landmarks that enhances the aesthetics of the town.
It is home to a State House, fire station, police station, a Regional Democratic Council, commercial banks, and businesses that encompassed all sectors. Anna Regina is home to the monument of Damon, as Georgetown has that of Cuffy (1763 rebellion). Damon was killed by hanging in 1834 for his part in the insurrection.
Georgetown and Anna Regina are quite similar is many ways.
During the day, the streets of Anna Regina is littered with persons. Shoppers, businessmen, workers and passersby. The ‘mini city’ is the central hub of activities in the region. It is the link between the upper and lower coast, and see shoppers and merchandisers daily. Even those from Georgetown travel there to enjoy the town’s wonders.
It is just as electric as Georgetown but also has a calming relaxed mode. The town in Region 2, is accessible only by water. It is this reason why persons call it the countryside. The cool unceasing breeze, coupled with the breath-taking scenery of the town makes it unique.
The residents of Anna Regina agree that any city dweller must sample the coconut water, once in the beautiful town or in the region.
“Once they come and taste how sweet we coconut is here in the country, they won’t drink coconut in Georgetown no more. We got the best coconut in the country in Region 2,” one resident exclaimed.
From the coconut water to the clean streets to the hospitable people in Anna Regina epitomizes perfection. It truly is a mini city.