Dominica Background Information

Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

Dominica Quickstats

  • Population: 72,386 (July 2007 est.)
  • Area: 754 sq km
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  • GDP (total): $485 million (2006 est.)
  • GDP (per capita): $3,800 (2005 est.)
  • Literacy: 94%

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  • Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
  • Dial code: +1 767

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