Kaieteur Falls: A Short Synopsis of the Longest Drop
By: Melissa D. Goolsarran Ramnauth, Esq.
Kaieteur Falls is a uniquely beautiful waterfall. It is part of the Amazon rainforest and Guyana’s interior region. It is the largest single drop waterfall in the world, because of its height and volume. There are taller waterfalls but none match the volume of water that drops from Kaieteur. Other waterfalls usually have multiple drops with water falling to lower tiers. But Kaieteur’s main drop is 741 feet with a second drop of 81 feet over the rocks at the bottom of the main fall. For comparison, Kaieteur Falls is about 4 times the height of Niagara Falls.
There are two prominent legends as to how Kaieteur Falls got its name. One Amerindian legend states that a chief decided to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the village by rowing a canoe over the falls. Another legend states that a tribe put a grumpy old man in a boat and sent him overboard. The face of whichever man fell over is supposedly seen in the side of the rock formations across the falls.
Many have ventured to see Kaieteur Falls. The first European known to see Kaieteur was a British surveyor named Barrington Browns. My legal advice is that you, too, take a tour to Kaieteur Falls (1) for your own sake and not to “neglect” your travel joys, and (2) only once it is safe so as not to expose the Amerindian tour guides to the coronavirus.
The second photo was provided by neuroscientist and social worker Merissa Goolsarran. The first was provided by me.
Melissa D. Goolsarran Ramnauth, Esq. is a trial-winning business and trademark attorney. She primarily helps new and small businesses with trademarks, formation, and name clearance searches. She writes articles on the importance of trademarks, trademark law updates, and also West Indian history (with an emphasis on India, Trinidad, Guyana, and the United States).
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