Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is an independent island nation in the Caribbean Sea. It is located south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique, and is part of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles

Official nameDominica
Surface751 kmĀ²
CoinOost-Caribische dollar
time differenceUTC -4
VolksliedIsle of Beauty, Isle of Splendour

Dominica was discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 3, 1493, on his second voyage to what he thought was India. Its name comes from the day the island was discovered; a Sunday, in Latin dies dominica. When Columbus discovered the island, Arawak and Caribs lived there. A large part of the population died quickly from the flu and smallpox with which they were infected by the Spaniards. Today some 3,000 Caribs live on Dominica, the only pre-Columbian population in the eastern Caribbean.

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