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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