Dominica Island

Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. To the north-northwest lies Guadeloupe, to the southeast Martinique. Its size is 754 square kilometres (291 sq mi) and the highest point in the country is Morne Diablotins, which has an elevation of 1,447 metres (4,747 ft). The Commonwealth of Dominica has an estimated population of 72,500. The capital is Roseau.

Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world's second-largest boiling lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal, and bird species. There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. The Sisserou Parrot (also known as the Imperial Amazon), the island's national bird, is featured on the national flag. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture.

Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (dominica in Latin), November 3, 1493. In the next hundred years after Columbus' landing, Dominica remained isolated, and even more Caribs settled there after being driven from surrounding islands as European powers entered the region. France formally ceded possession of Dominica to the United Kingdom in 1763. The United Kingdom then set up a government and made the island a colony in 1805.

The emancipation of African slaves occurred throughout the British Empire in 1834, and, in 1838, Dominica became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by an African majority. In 1896, the United Kingdom reassumed governmental control of Dominica, turning it into a Crown colony. Half a century later, from 1958 to 1962, Dominica became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation. In 1978, Dominica became an independent nation. ( source Wikipedia )

15 Comments on "Dominica Island"

  1. elfi isiskristall | December 5, 2010 at 9:19 am | Reply


  2. Daniel Jordan, PhD, ABPP | December 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Reply

    We came to love Dominica so much, we bought a home in this island paradise.

  3. StressFreeWorldWide | January 30, 2011 at 12:26 am | Reply

    Dominica is nice. It is somewhat expensive, and people drive really fast
    around narrow roads on the mountains. Still very beautiful with so much

  4. minkyprincesss | April 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply

    y is the music so sad and slow? it is a lively place full of cultural
    excitement and people

  5. dominica source | May 14, 2011 at 4:01 am | Reply

    No way that’s not a true representation of my island. We are an island of
    music, lively music, we have the Caribbean’s most unique carnival. Do us
    more justice please.

  6. the most lovely place in the world

  7. the most lovely place in the world i miss it so much

  8. MrDacaramelbrotha | June 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Reply

    My mother was born and raised there. I was born in LA and EVERY year my mom
    postpones the trip. I’ve been to a few surrounding islands but I just cant
    wait to see this one…

  9. its been a long time since i been there like 11 years

  10. NewProdigy14 | July 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Reply

    @StressFreeWorldWide sounds like you’ve been here more thn once :D. You’re
    pretty accurate bout the driving.

  11. Jilly Williams | May 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply

    Oh Dominica my sweet….oh how i miss you. I long to stroll down your
    winding roads and climb your endless hills. I long to swim in your
    unpolluted cold rivers, and soak my anxiety away in your warm and
    therapeutic hot springs. I miss your glorious sunshine and bountiful
    rainfall. I miss the natural green canopy which have enveloped your body. I
    miss the call of wild life, the fresh fruits, and vegetables and the warmth
    and humility of your people. Oh Dominica, my sweet, I ache for you!

  12. Lovely island

  13. allja baron | July 1, 2014 at 1:10 am | Reply

    love dis place….neva want to leave

  14. Edward Goyo | May 2, 2015 at 2:21 am | Reply

    IS there anybody here who can provide info about this lovely island. I need
    to make an essay about it for the university… literature most of all

  15. Keyser Soeze | June 27, 2016 at 12:17 am | Reply

    What are the people of Dominica like? I’m just curious as I am half
    Dominican but I was born in America so I don’t really have a great
    understanding of my roots I feel… How do they treat light skins?

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