Canje River

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Coordinates: 6°15′43″N57°31′11″W / 6.2619°N 57.5198°W / 6.2619; -57.5198


Canje River
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Country Guyana
Physical characteristics
Mouth Berbice
6°15′43″N57°31′11″W / 6.2619°N 57.5198°W / 6.2619; -57.5198

The Canje River (sometimes referred to as Canje Creek), located in northeastern Guyana, is the main tributary of the Berbice River. It runs roughly parallel to the Atlantic Ocean coast in East Berbice-Corentyne, region 6.

The settlement of Baracara is on the Canje. It was settled by escaped slaves in the 1800s, and the river is still an important mode of transportation. [1]


The Dutch established an outpost, Concordia Post, on the river. In 1763 a slave revolt began on two plantations on the Canje River. [2]


The Canje River supplies water to the Guyana Sugar Corporation's Skeldon Estate (c. 12,000 acres (49 km2)); Albion Estate (20,000 acres (80 km2)); and Rose Hall Estate (12,000 to 14,000 acres (49 to 51 km2)). The Manarabisi Rice Cultivation (17,000 acres (69 km2)) and Black Bush Polder (17,000 acres (69 km2)) also depend on this river.[ citation needed ]

Pumps have been placed along the Canje River that lead to the cultivation area. There are two pumps at Skeldon. These push the water to the 8-mile (13 km) long Sandaka Canal then into the sugarcane cultivation area. At the 7-mile (11 km) long Manarabisi Canal there are two pumps and three pumps at the 7 mile (10 km) long Black Bush Polder. When all these pumps are in operation during the irrigation season, the level of water in the Canje River drops and a sufficient volume of water cannot be supplied. At this point, the gate on the Berbice River end of the Torani Canal is opened to allow for flow into the Canje Creek.[ citation needed ]

In addition to agriculture, the land of the Canje basin has been of some interest by international firms for production of biofuel. [3]


Guyana's national bird, the hoatzin, also known as the Canje pheasant [4] is named for its presence in the river.

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  2. Kellogg, Carolyn (2020-08-13). "A rebel slave died a hero, and was forgotten; a dramatic new history revives his legend". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  3. "Indian group for agri investment in Canje Basin". Stabroek News. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  4. INEWS (2019-11-11). "Canje River to be promoted as a tourist destination". INews Guyana. Retrieved 2021-01-06.