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Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.


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Transportation

Airports World Ranking: 198
2 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
Total 2
1,524 to 2,437 m 1
914 to 1,523 m 1 (2012)

Roadways World Ranking: 187
Total 780 km
Paved 393 km
Unpaved 387 km (2000)

Merchant marine World Ranking: 73
Total 43
By type
Bulk carrier 11, cargo 22, chemical tanker 2, petroleum tanker 4, refrigerated cargo 3, roll on/roll off 1
Foreign-owned
32 (Australia 1, Estonia 6, Germany 5, Greece 4, India 2, Latvia 2, Norway 1, Russia 3, Saudi Arabia 2, Syria 4, Turkey 1, Ukraine 1)
Registered in other countries
1 (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1) (2010)

Ports and terminals
Portsmouth, Roseau


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Dominica (Roseau):


GPS points from Dominica (Roseau)

Crumpton Point Saint Andrew

Mayambe Estate Saint Patrick

Belle Fille River Saint David

Petite Savane Point Saint Patrick

Anse Mulatre Saint Peter

Geneva River Saint Patrick

Saint Davids Bay Saint David

Newfoundland Saint David




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