Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the French Guiana
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Sixteenth century: first stories of discovery of the Oyapock.
Seventeenth century expeditions and attempted settlements on the Oyapock, the English and the Dutch in particular.
Eighteenth century: creating the Oyapock colony D'Orvilliers, Governor of Guyana, in 1721; installation of Fort Saint-Louis to defend the Oyapock of the Portuguese, in 1725; Jesuit missions succession between 1733 and 1740; destruction of Fort Saint-Louis in 1740.
The destruction of Fort Saint-Louis was not known governor of Orvilliers, on the initiative of a young Indian who had learned to read and write. He had sent a canoe to Cayenne with these words: "pran English Oyapock yé minnow my father alé any blang foulkan maroon danboi" (the English took the Oyapock, they took the father, all white fled in the woods). The document written in Creole was long kept in government archives in Cayenne.
Attempts to stand by the French Oyapock: reconstruction of the Fort Saint-Louis in 1749; establishment of plantations on polders at Silver Mountain in 1776; Assignments succession between 1778 and 1784.
Nineteenth century: new settlement attempts; arrival of the bonus in 1837; creation of the prison at Silver Mountain in 1852, and the prison at Saint-Georges in 1853; delimitation of raw gold concessions in 1856; Saint-Georges prison closing in 1865; Carsévène the discovery of deposits in 1887 on the territory of the French-Brazilian contested; arrival and installation of Saramaka Tampak for river transport and labor rosewood.
Twentieth century following the loss of the disputed territory, all the French back on the left bank of the Oyapock; Inini creation of the territory in 1930; creation of the common Saint-Georges in 1946.
1960: Creation of Palikur villages Gabaret and Savannah.
1965: creation of the dispensary Saint-Georges.
1968: construction of the airstrip Saint-Georges.
1976: road construction Maripa.
1985: construction of Saint-Georges college.
1998: Construction of the RN2 (Saint-Georges-Regina).
2011: construction of the bridge over the Oyapock.
The story goes that the convicts have discovered a Dutch coin depicting St. George church by digging foundations, hence the name of the town.
Geographic location :
Saint-Georges the Oyapock is located east of French Guiana in South America, on the left bank of the Oyapock River, which forms the border with Brazil.
The town is located 189 kilometers from Cayenne, the capital of Guyana.
The surrounding communities of Saint-Georges de l'Oyapock are Ouanary north Camopi south and west Regina.
The area of Saint-Georges de l'Oyapock is 2320 km².
The town is accessible by the National Highway 2 and by river via the Oyapock.
The airfield is used only for medical emergencies and senior administration.
Blondin Hamlets (2 km, 5 minutes by canoe) to Tampak (5 km, 15 minutes by canoe) and Three Mangroves (20 km or 45 minutes by boat), are part of the common.
Le Saut Maripa, located 20 km from the town, after a laterite track (it will take 1 hour journey). The game is worth the candle, it is a beautiful jump with a unique setting marked by the hum of the swirling water between the rocks. Swimming is pleasant provided to beware of currents, strong in places.
On the road to Maripa, you will find "Piedsaut" with its old railway which served in time to transport the cargo of paddlers who passed the empty jumping over a hundred meters. On this road, you too will fall under the charm of the Minette Creek.
You can also visit the islet Sophia Tampak Three mangroves and villages and enjoy fishing.
At the entrance to Saint-Georges, feel free to stop by the bridge Gabaret for a swim in the river that passes below.
Saint-Georges, land of palikurs give you the opportunity to taste one of the best hiccups Guyana, contact Native Americans to visit their giblets and experience the harvest and homemade quack.
Events and festivities
The Feast of Saint-Georges held annually during the first fortnight of August. This is a key event in the life of the town, which blends all ages and all backgrounds for a moment of sharing and conviviality, music, dance, sport...