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Dominica's Unique Culture
Like many Caribbean islands, Dominica has been influenced by different cultures over the course of its history. Originally inhabited by Arawak and Carib Indians, colonised by Europeans (the English and French in particular), injected with a strong African influence during the 18th century, then flooded with American television in recent years, Dominica's culture is as multi-faceted as the madras fabric worn as traditional dress.

Nature Island Challenge
Nature Island Challenge

Snorkelling

Snorkelling


Cuisine

Our cuisine is like our history and culture, an exciting blend which draws heavily from our Creole past.

Tropical fruits and vegetables are in abundance, and not surprising for an island, our range of seafood is second to none!

Particular delicacies you should try land crabs, our delicious locally grown coffee; and a wide range of local fruit juices. Be sure to take home with you our hot pepper sauce!




Language

English is the official language, but a French-based Creole (also known as Patois) is widely spoken, especially in outlying villages.

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Dominica's Creole Language
Marcel Fontaine published a Kweyol Diksyonne in 1991. This useful book has over 6,000 entries, a Pronunciation and Grammar Guide and Common Phrases; it can be found in local bookstores. In the late 1980's, the Creole Language was beginning to disappear from Dominica. Mr. Fontaine's contribution in recording this traditionally oral language onto the written page is invaluable.

Samples of Creole
Lapli ka tonbe. (It is raining)
Jodi se yon bel jou. (Today is a beautiful day.)

Click here for a more detailed explanation of how to speak creole.


History

Columbus sighted the island on Sunday, November 3, 1493, but the island had been inhabited by Caribs from around 1000 AD, giving the island the name Waitukubuli which meant 'Tall is her body'.

The British fought the French over control of the island several times in the 1700s before gaining control in the early 1800s.

Independence from Britain came in 1978. Click here for a detailed timeline of our history.


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Events

Annual events in Dominica mirror the important aspects of the country's culture. From Carnival Celebrations in February/March, through to Independence Celebrations in November, Dominican's know how to have fun and celebrate what's important to them. Visit the Events page and see "What's On" throughout the year.


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