Dominica Celebrates Thirty-One Years of Independence...
September 26th, 2009 marked the official opening of the celebrations of the 31st anniversary of its independence in Dominica.
Under the theme of “Progress and Development,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for Community Development, Culture, Gender Affairs and Information, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, addressed the crowd gathered at the Old Mill Cultural Center to participate in the opening ceremony cont./
Established in 1891, these well-appointed gardens in Roseau also contains an aviary with Sisserou parrots, plus the famous 'crushed bus' - victim of devastating Hurricane David.
It is also home to offices of the Forestry Dept. and various other related departments.
The idea of establishing the Roseau Botanic Gardens was conceived in 1889 by the British Crown Government. It wanted to encourage the supply of properly propagated seedlings of varied tropical crops to the island farmers. The Government bought the site from William Davies, then owner of Bath Estate, and the planning and planting of the Gardens began in 1890.
For the first time, visitors to Dominica can enjoy a unique rainforest experience. Transported in a hanging gondola, which seats up to 8 people, the journey is through approx. 1 mile of protected tropical montane rainforest bordering the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. A narrow corridor through the trees allows close observation of the diverse plant and bird life to be found in this enchanting habitat.
Over the past few years, Dominica has earned the reputation as one of the top five dive destinations in the world. In addition to unique dive sites like "Champagne" which features a bubbling, underwater hot spring, Dominica's reefs are full of gorgeous multi-coloured hard and soft coral, an abundance of reef fish and fascinating marine critters such as seahorses and frogfish.
The underwater terrain is unique and diverse, providing dive sites suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to the very experienced.
Dominica has also earned another moniker - the Whale Watching Capital of the Caribbean.
Located on a scenic peninsula just north of Portsmouth, this national park is best known as the site of Fort Shirley, a large 18th-century British garrison which once housed 600 soldiers. Some of the fort's stone ruins have been partially reconstructed; others are half-hidden in the jungle and are fun to explore. There are fine views of Prince Rupert Bay from the ruins of the Officer's Quarters. The park encompasses the peninsula, the surrounding coast and coral reefs, and the island's largest swamp.
In 1997, it was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site - the first enlisted Natural Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and its inauguration was also marked with a Regional conference on The World Heritage Convention.
September 2nd, Wednesday, at 16.00 hours UK time BBC Radio 4 programme "Thinking Allowed", hosted by Prof Laurie Taylor, will be discussing reverse migration and will hopefully feature the book "Home Again" (stories of Dominican returnees)
The program will be available on-line to listen again for seven days and there will also be a podcast.
Dominica should not be confused with the Dominican Republic. Dominica is located between French-controlled Martinique and Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean.
The official name of the island is 'Commonwealth of Dominica' Dominica's pre-Columbian name was Wai'tu kubuli, which means 'tall is her body'... Dominica is referred as the 'Nature Island', where two-thirds of the island are home to the tropical rain forests and thousands of plant species.
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