Dominica

Flag of Dominica featuring the Amazon or Sisserou Parrot found only in Dominica in the mountainous rain forest region

Flag of Dominica featuring the Amazon or Sisserou Parrot found only in Dominica in the mountainous rain forest region

Roseau, Dominica

Roseau, Dominica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country Dominica – the Nature Island  (Link to map of Dominica)
Continent North America – – a Caribbean island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago.  It is the largest of the Windward Islands
Capital Roseau
Population 73,607  (2015)

Ethnic groups:  black 87% –  mixed 9% – indigenous 3%

Language English- the official language – French patois, a French based Creole
Religion Roman Catholic 61%  Protestant 29%
Terrain A mountainous island with natural hot springs, tropical rainforests, rugged mountains, many national parks and reserves

It has spectacular, lush and varied flora and fauna which are protected by an extensive natural park system

Boiling Lake is the 2nd largest, thermally active lake in the world

Annual rainfall as much as 300 inches in the interior with many rivers and waterfalls

The most abundant tree is the large gum tree which is used to make dugout canoes

Sports Cricket is the national sport – also soccer, basketball, netball, rounders and volleyball are enjoyed

It is an excellent dive site and a prime whale watching location

Animals The national bird is the rare Sisserou Parrot, the imperial parrot which is on their flag and is the largest of the Amazon parrots

160 bird species have been sighted and 59 of these nest on the island

There are frogs, lizards, 13 bat species, large boa constrictors and 4 other types of non-poisonous snakes

Facts of Interest Christopher Columbus named it in 1493 after the day of the week on which he spotted it – Sunday (in Latin)

France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763 and they gained independence from UK in 1978

Economy depends on agriculture  – especially bananas, but tourism is growing as an “ecotourism destination”

Has an offshore medical education sector and fosters an offshore financial industry

The purchase of coral is forbidden

Concerns Flash floods are a constant threat as well as destructive hurricanes

Other concerns are Zika, obesity, and being a transshipment point for narcotics bound for the US and Europe

Mission Portsmouth is home to Ross University Medical School

PCUSA assists the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency in times of disaster – usually hurricanes