Zeelandia, Guyana

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Coordinates: 7°01′N58°27′W / 7.017°N 58.450°W / 7.017; -58.450
Country Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana
Region Essequibo Islands-West Demerara
 (2012) [1]

Zeelandia, a community in the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara region of Guyana.

Zeelandia is one of many villages and plantations on Wakenaam, the most developed of the Essequibo River islands. The village is named after the sugar plantation Zeelandia. [2]

Located at the extreme northern end of the island facing the Atlantic Ocean, Zeelandia is a fishing village. The area is subject to land degradation and flooding. [3]

Zeelandia is also home to many agricultural farms, growing items such as rice, coconut, and various other fruits and vegetables. [2]

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  1. "2012 Population by Village". Statistics Guyana. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. 1 2 "The quiet farming island of Wakenaam". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  3. "Improving coastal management". Stabroek News. 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2021-01-12.

Coordinates: 7°01′N58°27′W / 7.017°N 58.450°W / 7.017; -58.450