Uitvlugt

Uitvlugt (pronounced "owt-flut") is a village in the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara region of Guyana situated on the coastal public road on the west bank of the Demerara River. It lies immediately to the west of Stewartville and to the south of Zeeburg, and is about 20 minutes by road from Vreed-en-Hoop.

Uitvlugt
Village
Uitvlugt is located in Guyana
Uitvlugt
Uitvlugt
Coordinates: 6°52′27″N 58°18′08″W / 6.874194°N 58.302304°W / 6.874194; -58.302304Coordinates: 6°52′27″N 58°18′08″W / 6.874194°N 58.302304°W / 6.874194; -58.302304
CountryGuyana
RegionEssequibo Islands-West Demerara
Population
 (2012)[1]
 • Total2,980
Time zoneUTC−04:00

The name is Dutch and translates to excuse/pretext, however in this case, it was the surname of Ignatius Uitvlugt who owned an enormous sugar plantation.[2] The plantation continued as a sugar estate, and merged with the neighbouring Leonora estate in 1981.[3] In 1871, the village became known for the sugar factory which is nowadays owned by GuySuCo.[3] The sugar factory supplied its sugar via a pipeline to the nearby rum distillery. The rum distillery closed in 1999.[3]

As of 2012 the population was 2,980 people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.[1] Unusually for the region, the village has seven churches.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "2012 Population by Village". Statistics Guyana. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b ROXANNE CLARKE (March 18, 2012). "Uitvlugt". Stabroek News. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  3. ^ a b c "Inside the Uitvlugt Sugar Factory". Cocktail Wonk. Retrieved 24 August 2020.