Welcome to Dominica
Dominica (pronounced "Dom-in-eek-a") is an island of volcanic origins located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean, at approximately 15 degrees North and 61 degrees West.
It is the largest and most mountainous of the the Windward Islands, with an area of 289.5 sq. miles.It is 29 miles long and 16 miles at its widest.
The formal name Commonwealth of Dominica is often used to distinguish it from the Dominican Republic.
The Island of Dominica
Dominica is perhaps most famous for its tropical rainforest, and the many rivers and waterfalls which result from the high rainfall in the interior.
In addition, its volcanic origins manifest themselves most noticably in the Boiling Lake (one of the largest of its kind in the world) and many other smaller fumaroles around the island (including at least one underwater).
Moreover, it is widely acknowledged to be both one of the best dive sites and a prime whale watching location in the region (if not world).
The Northern Forest Reserve is another fine example of oceanic rainforest and is also famous as the home of Dominica's national bird, the rare Sisserou Parrot.
The Cabrits National Park, just north of Portsmouth, is home to the partly-restored Fort Shirley.
It is also a marine reserve, and it is hoped the area around Scott's Head/Soufriere at the south-western tip of the island will also be declared a marine reserve in the near future.
A Sisserou Parrot
English is the official language but a French-based Creole (kwéyòl) is widely spoken, especially in outlying villages.
This reflects an often turbulent history in which the island would be assigned to Britain by a treaty with the French, who would promptly break it and try to regain control of Dominica.
Throughout and to the present day the original inhabitants, the Caribs, tried to coexist. In 1903 they were assigned a 3,700 acre Territory in the north-east where around 3,000 live today.
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