Martin Carriere, tourism and goodwill ambassador from the island nation of Dominica spoke at the Daybreak Rotary Club in regards to the Commonwealth’s natural beauty and opportunities for tourism. The island was recently ravaged by Hurricane Erica. The nation suffered untold death and destruction due to the storm. Martin sang the Commonwealth of Dominica’s National Anthem at the morning meeting.
The island was discovered by the Spanish, but colonized predominately by the French. Great Britain took it over in 1763 after the Seven Years’ War and gradually established English as the official language. The island republic gained independence in 1978.
Its name is pronounced with emphasis on the third syllable, related to its former Dominique. Dominica has been nicknamed the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean” for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal and volcanic activity. The island has lush mountainous rain forest, and is the home of many rare plants, animals, and bird species. There are desert like areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall occurs inland. The Sisserou Parrot is found only on Dominica. The parrot is the island’s national bird and is featured on the national flag.