Plunge into the island's past with Dominica's historian of record, an anthropologist with a P.h.D. from Oxford University in England. A charismatic, powerhouse lecturer and tour leader, Lennox Honychurch spearheaded the restoration of Fort Shirley, the crown jewel of Cabrits National Park and the country's most important historic site. The 8th West India Regiment—comprised of African and Creole slaves— revolted there in 1802, protesting unpaid labor in the governor's cane fields. As a result, the British Empire freed all its slave soldiers five years later. No time to hang with Lennox? Buy his excellent book The Dominica Story, which has been revised three times since its 1975 debut.