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___ DominicaDestination Dominica, a virtual travel guide to the "Nature Island of the Caribbean". The former British colony is the largest of the Windward Islands. This page aims to give you a summary of Dominica's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile this page contains links to sources that will provide you with in-depth information about this nation in the West Indies, e.g.: official web sites of Dominica, addresses of Dominican embassies, island- and country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Dominica.
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Dominica is part of the Windward Islands, the southern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. It was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.
Windward Islands: Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Commonwealth of Dominica
short form: Dominica (Pronounced Dom-in-ee-ka)
Carib name: Waitikubuli (Meaning: Tall is her Body)
ISO Country Code: dm
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Fri-Aug-28 10:44
Country Calling Code: +1 767
Capital City: Roseau (pronounced rose-oh) (population 13,500)
Main towns: Canefield (3,400), Portsmouth (3,300), Marigot (2,700), Salisbury (2,500), Atkinson (2,300), Berekua (2,100), St Joseph (1,900), Castle Bruce (1,900), Wesley (1,600) and Mahaut (1,200)..
Type: Parliamentary democracy; republic within commonwealth.
Independence: 3 November 1978 (from UK).
Constitution: November 1978.
Location: Eastern Caribbean; North of Martinique and South of Guadeloupe.
Area: 751 km² (290 sq. mi)
Roseau (population 14,500).
Terrain: Mountainous volcanic island with rainforest cover.
Climate: Tropical; climate and temperatures can vary drastically dependent upon the season and region.
Nationality: Dominican (Dom-i-nee-can).
Population: 71,000 (2011 census)
Ethnic groups: Mainly African descent, some Carib Indians.
Religions: Roman Catholic (80%), Anglican, other Protestant denominations.
Languages: English. A french based Creole (Patois) is widely spoken by residents.
Natural resources: Timber, hydropower, arable land.
Agriculture products: Bananas, citrus, mangoes, root crops, coconuts, cocoa; forest and fishery potential not exploited.
Industries: Soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra.
Exports partners: UK 21.6%, Jamaica 14.8%, Antigua and Barbuda 8.8%, Guyana 7.5%, Japan 5.4%, Trinidad and Tobago 4.8%, USA 4.3%, Saint Lucia 4% (2004).
Imports partners: China 20.4%, USA 16.8%, Trinidad and Tobago 12.3%, UK 6.9%, South Korea 4.6%, Japan 4.3% (2004)
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
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Official Sites of DominicaGovernment of the Commonwealth of Dominica
The Official Government Website of Dominica.
Office of the Prime Minister
Dominica's Prime Minister's Office.
House of Assembly
The office of the House of Assembly.
Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations - Dominica official website.
Dominica Meteorological Service
Dominica's official weather.
Map of Dominica
Shaded relief map of Dominica.
Google Earth Dominica
Searchable map and satellite view of Dominica.
Google Earth Roseau
Searchable map and satellite view of Dominica's capital city.
Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean.
Rain forests and waterfalls on Dominica.
Dominican community web site provides also regional news.
Dominica Broadcasting Services
DBS radio station.
Kairi radio station offers also Dominica news.
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Arts & CultureDominica World Creole Music Festival
Official website of the annual World Creole Music Festival.
Mas Domnik - Dominica's Carnival
Band Splash, Calypso Monarch Competition, Dominican Pan.
The Real Mas!
Dominica born Rrasta singer and musician of the first order.
Pan by The Bay
When Steel Talks, Dominican Steel Pan.
Indigenous Dominica - The Caribs
Carib Territory: home to the Kalinago (Carib) Indians who once ruled the entire Eastern Caribbean.
Lennox Honychurch's Dominica
Art, Articles, Culture, History and Resources about Dominica.
Indigenous village © dominica.dm
Business & EconomyEastern Caribbean Central Bank
Dominica is ECCB Member.
DEXIA - Dominica Export Import Agency
The Dominica Export Import Agency is responsible for Promotion, Development and Export of agricultural, agro-processing and manufactured products.
Dominica Bureau Of Standards
The Dominica Bureau Of Standards aim is to improve the Global Competitiveness of Dominica Goods and Services through the Promotion and Maintenance of Standards and Standard-related Activities.
Destination Dominica - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Dominica: Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Titou Gorge, Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Woodford Hill Beach.
Dominica is for the Nature Enthusiasts, those seeking adventure in nature and who want to get-away-from-it all!
A number of nature oriented activities are offered on the island, these include: Hiking, Trekking, River Bathing, Bird watching, Whale Watching, Scuba Diving, Botany Explorations.
Dominica. Nature Island of the Caribbean, information from the official tourism website about Festivals and Events, Island Activities and more.
Community Tourism in Dominica
The programme seeks to build the necessary linkages between tourism and the agricultural and rural sectors.
More Dominica information:
Underwater and Landscape images.
Information for tourists visiting Dominica.
Nature Island Destinations
Island visitor information.
A Virtual Dominica
Comprehensive guide to the island.
Facts & FAQs from and about Dominica.
Carib Territory Guest House
Kallinago and Creole Cuisine.
Jungle Bay Resort & Spa
Offers a Jungle Spa Adventure Package.
Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Rain forest Eco-inn.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
A natural hot pool at the beach © dominica.dm
EducationDominica Academy of Arts and Sciences
Non-profit organisation disigned to augment the development effort in the Commonwealth of Dominica by propelling new initiatives in arts and sciences that would enhance the quality of life on the island.
Dominica State College
Formerly Clifton Dupigny Community College, is a national college, located in the northern part of Roseau.
University of the West Indies Centre
Information on the Dominica University Centre.
Environment & NatureMorne Trois Pitons National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage site.
Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute - CARDI
With membership composed of the twelve CARICOM nations, CARDI is committed to improving the quality of lives of the people of the Caribbean Region through agricultural research and innovation without compromising, biodiversity, biosafety, environment sustainability, and human health..
Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness (not online)
Overall objective of ECCA's programme is to strengthen regional initiatives within the Eastern Caribbean, promote community based nature and heritage tourism, environmental education and to improve the conservation of island ecosystems.
Overview and timeline of Dominica's History.
History of Dominica
Overview on Dominica's history by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
History of Dominica
Wikipedia article about Dominica's history.
Caribbean and Dominica related directory.
Additional Information on DominicaBBC News Country Profile: Dominica
Background Notes: Dominica
Commonwealth Country profile: Dominica
Open Directory Project: Dominica
The World Factbook -- Dominica
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