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History & Culture in Dominica

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In Dominica, British and French colonial traditions mingle with indigenous and Caribbean–West African ones, creating tight-knit communities with predominantly French Creole customs. Learn about the island’s often tumultuous history at sites like Kalinago Territory and Cabrits National Park, then dive deep into its vibrant art scene at several contemporary galleries.
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Dominica
This twin-peaked headland—and the ruins of the 18th-century Fort Shirley garrison—preside over Prince Rupert’s Bay, Dominica’s largest wetlands and a docking area for smaller cruise ships. An 1802 revolt here led to the...
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Dominica

An hour’s cross-island drive takes you to Kalinago Territory, officially established in 1903 as the Caribbean’s only autonomous enclave for indigenous people. The settlement covers six square miles, and many of its 3,000...

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Jimmit, Mahaut, Dominica
Dominica’s most established contemporary artist, Earl Darius Etienne produces social realist paintings, often made with smoke and soot. One of his more famous works, the Massacre Mural, is a bright, in-your-face depiction of British troops...
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Canefield, Dominica
Dominica’s first sugarcane mill and rum distillery has found fresh life honoring the island’s heritage. The building now houses historical displays, art exhibits, a folk research library, a sculpture workshop, and a dance studio. Open...
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Bellevue Chopin, Dominica
A small community high in Dominica’s southern hills, Bellevue Chopin was once surrounded by vast estates that grew citrus, cocoa, coffee, sugar cane, and coconuts. Today, the area is a patchwork of small, sustainable fields, orchards, and...