It became an independent nation on November 3, 1978. It was the first New World country Christopher Columbus discovered. He named it after the day he first spotted the island, Sunday, or ‘dies Dominica’ in Latin. The original name of the island was ‘Wai’tu kubuli’ meaning, interestingly, ‘tall is her body’. It’s the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles. The only country whose flag contains the colour purple. Where most of the second and some of the third ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies were filmed. And it’s the home of the second largest hot spring in the world, the appropriately named ‘Boiling Lake’. Today, we’re in the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica.
The Commonwealth of Dominica is an island country in the Lesser Antilles area of the Caribbean Sea. It is the 189th largest country at 290 square miles, with the 212th largest population with 72,340 people. The motto of the country is, ‘Après Bondie, C’est La Ter’, which is Kwéyòl for, ‘After God Is the Earth’.
The flag was designed by playwright Alwin Bully and it prominently features the sisserou parrot, endemic to the country. The green colour on the flag represents the lush vegetation of the island and the cross the Trinity and Christianity, the three colours symbolising the fertile soil, the native Indians and the pure water. The stars stand for the 19 parishes of the country, whilst the red disc stands for social justice.
Dominica is home to an eclectic mix of cultures, with dance, music and song hugely important. Dominicans love their celebrations, events and festivals, plus their rich food and drink. They also love a spot of cricket, and they even managed to enter the Winter Olympics, once. They are a friendly, peaceful, polite, religious, social and well-mannered people.
Dominica is a tranquil, unspoiled and verdant paradise, with lush mountainous rainforests draped over a land filled with rare animals, birds and plants. Home of many rivers, springs and waterfalls. A land immensely popular for tourists, and it’s easy to see why.
There are sights to see such as Titou Gorge, so, so beautiful. Large expanses of rock jut out at an angle like huge boulders, a row on the left, a row on the right, forming a long triangular cave sprinkled with only the faintest rays of light. The sumptuous clear cyan waters coupled with the soft glow in the air and intimate nature of the gorge, create a remarkable, unusual and unique scene. And then there’s Victoria Falls. Cocooned amid a rock canyon, nestled rather wonderfully like a little pocket in the midst of an enormous rainforest. Flanked on either side by the green shoots of moss and the raging torrent of water tumbling down the rock face into a boscaresque pool. It’s an unearthly and elysian canvas born in the mind of some mad artist.
But I think the best sight is Morne Trois Pitons National Park. A majestic, graceful and gorgeous fairytale landscape truly worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It is an incicurable landscape of the utmost beauty, rich in lush green vegetation, perfectly sculptured mountains and the most stunning waterfalls. It not only feels like a supratemporal dream, it is one. An area isangelous, one drenched in an empyrean aura unlike anywhere else on Earth.
Dominica. The country of unbelievable vistas, the sisserou parrot and Hollywood pirates.
1) The flag of Dominica (credit: wikimedia.org)
2) Trois Pitons National Park (credit: roseaucityguide.com)
3) Victoria Falls (credit: thedominican.net)
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