History

Dominica was spotted on November 3, 1493 by Columbus on his second voyage to the new world. He found the island inhabited by Carib Indians, who in the 14th century had either expelled or exterminated the indigenous Arawak Indians. Dominica is the only island in the eastern Caribbean to retain a colony of its pre Columbian population, the Carib Indians (Kalinago), about 3’300 of whom live in a reserve on the island’s east coast.