The first French settlers appeared on the island in the 18th century. After regular struggles and dog fights, the island became a British colony in 1805, and an associated state in 1967. Eventually Dominica gained independence in 1978.
Dominica remains close to the French Antilles in speaking the same creole and strives to obtain contacts with Europe thought its neighbour, France.
Its programme for economic citizenship facilitating offshore banking and insurances as well as internet gaming was critisized by the G7 in 2000.
Melville Hall Airport: International flights
Canefield Airport: Inter-island flights
Shuttles to and from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia
Car rental: you require a temporary permit - left-hand drive as in the UK!
Do not miss:
The Indian River (Prince Rupert Bay)
The village and beach in Prince Rupert Bay
The tropical forest, hot water springs and waterfalls of Trafalgar
Roseau's botanical garden
The Milton Falls
Whale and dolfin watching
Dominica's fruits are probably the tastiest in the world, especially grapefruit.