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History
Early migrants to Dominica were the Amerindian Arawak and Carib people.

Colonists from Europe arrived in the seventeenth century. The French claimed Dominica in 1635 but the Caribs continued to resist colonization.

Britain gained possession of Dominica in 1763 (Treaty of Paris) and the island became a British colony in 1805.

Dominica remained under British control until independence in 1978. Dominica has retained links with the UK through its membership of the Commonwealth.

Economy
Dominica's economy suffered in 2009 because of the global recession; it picked up slightly in 2010.

The agricultural sector employs the largest percentage of the working population. The production of bananas is the primary agricultural activity. Other crops are coconuts, grapefruits, limes, oranges, mangoes, cocoa and root vegetables.

The industrial and commercial sector also employs a significant percentage of the labour force. Industries produce coconut oil, copra, soap, furniture, shoes and building materials such as cement blocks.

Dominica is developing an offshore financial sector and the tourist industry is promoted as an ecotourism destination. Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a World Heritage site, is a great attraction and whale and dolphin watching is available for tourists. (2011)

Arts
The Dominica Festivals Commission promotes Carnival and the World Creole Music Festival in Dominica.

The Commission (DFC) also markets Dominica's music, arts and culture at international events.

Sport
Soccer and cricket are popular sports in Dominica. The island has a number of well known cricketers such as the Dominican-born Adam Sanford.

Water sports include swimming, scuba diving and windsurfing.

Holidays
Easter, Christmas and New Year are celebrated in Dominica. Holidays include Labour Day (beginning of May) and Independence Day, 3 November (1978).

News
News from Dominica is available from Newslink.

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