|The island's economic development was, and is, shaped in large part by its topography - the steep mountains,
ravines and thick rainforest always played a role in Dominica's history. Dominica's human history has often been
characterised as a struggle between man and nature. as far back as slavery dominica provided a haven for maroons
who fled from the other islands as the topography of the island proved to be to difficult for the masters of
those other plantations. these settlement are well preserved and also provides visitors with an idea of how they
lived then. (the newly implemented waitikubuli national trail has made these settlements very accessible) .
eco-tourism is a rapidly growing industry and offers increased diversification from an economy traditionally
based on agriculture.
|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 750 square kilometres (290 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 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 a black 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.
|Dominica is one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations, offering excellent snorkelling and combining a
diversity of coral and marine life with underwater visibility ranging up to 100 feet. The island’s volcanic origins
are dramatically visible beneath the water’s surface where divers negotiate lava pinnacles, vertical walls, arches,
caves and an extinct volcanic crater. our champagne reef is one of the only one of its kind in the caribbean, so
named because of the inderwater phenomenon where there are constant bubbles coming from th e sea bed. this
experience is particularly enjoyed because of the diversity who have made this bay their home. the area has
been made into a reaseve which helps for breading and protecting the marin life there.
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