Coordinates: 15°25′N 61°20′W / 15.417°N 61.333°W / 15.417; -61.333

Dominica (/ˌdɒmɪˈnkə/ DOM-i-NEE-kə;French: Dominique; Island Carib: Wai‘tu kubuli), officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its area is 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) and the highest point is Morne Diablotins, at 1,447 metres (4,747 ft) elevation. The population was 72,301 at the 2014 census. The capital is Roseau, located on the leeward side of the island.

The island was originally inhabited by the Kalinago/Arawak and later colonised by the Europeans, predominately by the French, who arrived at the island on Sunday, 3 November 1493 ("Sunday" = "Domenica" in Italian). Great Britain took it over in 1763 after the Seven Years' War and gradually established English as the official language. The island republic gained independence in 1978.

Its name is pronounced with emphasis on the third syllable, related to its former Dominique. 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 hot spring, Boiling Lake. The island has lush mountainous rainforests, and is the home of many rare plants, animals, and bird species. There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall occurs inland. The Sisserou parrot (also known as the imperial amazon), is found only on Dominica and is the island's national bird and features on the national flag. Dominica's economy depends on tourism and agriculture.

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Fresh Take: Hunting Invasive Lionfish In Dominica, A $4.5 Billion Chicken Industry Consolidation, And The ...

Forbes 12 Aug 2022
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Wingo Opens Direct Flights To Cuba And Dominica

MENA FN 11 Aug 2022
(MENAFN - Newsroom Panama) Wingo opens two new routes from Panama City to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Havana (Cuba), becoming the 'only low-cost airline that will operate these ... ....

From Cosecha to Bombera: Oakland’s Dominica Rice-Cisneros talks restaurants, heritage and inspiration

East Bay Times 09 Aug 2022
During its 10-year run, Dominica Rice-Cisneros’ Old Oakland cafe, Cosecha, was an epicenter for seasonal, California-inspired Mexican food ... Located in the Dimond District of Oakland, Bombera, Dominica Rice-Cisnero’s sophomore restaurant, is a celebration of women and Mexican cooking traditions. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) ... “ ... Q ... ....

Western nation bans fake women from prisons

Blitz 09 Aug 2022
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Dominica signs MOU with Cuba to develop agricultural sector

Jamaica Observer 06 Aug 2022
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMCDominica Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Cuba that the authorities here said will help the island strengthen its food security capacity ... ....

The importance of Dominica's Indigenous Kalinago community in the protection and sustainable management of the fragile tropical rainforest ecosystems (World Bank Group)

Public Technologies 06 Aug 2022
Dominica's Kalinago population is around 2,200 (last surveyed in 2011), with the majority living in eight hamlets scattered across the Kalinago Territory on the east coast of the island ... Looking to the future, the Policy not only provides a roadmap for Dominica's forest-reliant ......

Dominica condemns Pelosi's visit to China's Taiwan

Xinhua 05 Aug 2022
4 (Xinhua) -- The Commonwealth of Dominica has condemned U.S ... The Commonwealth of Dominica shares the concerns of the international community over Pelosi's visit to China's Taiwan region, said a statement released Wednesday by the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations....

Dominica rated best Caribbean island in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

Jamaica Observer 04 Aug 2022
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – Dominica has been named the top island in the Caribbean in the 2022 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for the first time ... Additionally, Secret Bay, Dominica’s exclusive six-star villa resort, captured the number one spot for resort hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas in this year’s World’s Best Awards....

Dominica raps US House speaker's visit to Taiwan

Jamaica Observer 04 Aug 2022
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Dominica Wednesday condemned the visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, saying it represented a "serious violation" of the One China principle ... China and Dominica established diplomatic relations in 2004....

Dominica Ratifies CTBT, Universalising Treaty In Latin America And Caribbean

Scoop 01 Aug 2022
This is the fourth ratification during ... ....

Dominica Ranks as The #1 Caribbean Island by Travel + Leisure

PR Newswire 01 Aug 2022
Ranking activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness and overall value, the publication's annual World's Best Awards has listed Dominica as the top island in the Caribbean ... For more information or reservations, please visit https.//

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit presents $1.2 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Eagle-Tribune 01 Aug 2022
01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global market has witnessed several shocks over the last few years, but the Commonwealth of Dominica has been able to protect itself from these thanks to assistance of the Citizenship by Investment Programme ... PR Dominica Commonwealth of Dominica 001 (767) 266 3919

Truist names Dominica Groom Williams head of DEI

PR Newswire 25 Jul 2022
TFC) today announced that Dominica Groom Williams will join the company as head of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), effective today ... "I'm excited to have Dominica join our team and build upon the strong progress we've made while continuing to pursue meaningful change for our teammates, clients and communities." ... ....

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