Commonwealth of Dominica
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Dominica was discovered by Columbus on Sunday (hence the island’s name), 3 Nov. 1493. But it was French settlers who began to create plantations on the island. Recognizing the island’s strategic position; control was contested between the British and French until it was awarded to the British in 1783. In March 1967 Dominica became an Associated State of the UK, with internal self-government, and an independent republic as the Commonwealth of Dominica on 3 Nov. 1978.


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Further Reading

  1. Baker, P. L., Centring the Periphery: Chaos, Order and the Ethnohistory of Dominica. McGill- Queen’s Univ. Press, 1994Google Scholar
  2. Honychurch, L., The Dominica Story: a History of the Island. 2nd ed. London, 1995Google Scholar
  3. Myers, R. A., Dominica. [Bibliography] ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1987Google Scholar
  4. National statistical office: Central Statistical Office, Kennedy Avenue, Roseau.Google Scholar

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  • Barry Turner

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