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1493        Nov 3, Christopher Columbus discovered the Caribbee Isles (Dominica) during his second expedition. He and his crew of 1,500 built the town of La Isabela on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. It was abandoned within 5 years due in part to poor relations with the Taino Indians. This area was part of the chiefdom of Higuey.
    (AM, 7/97, p.54,60)(http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/v2.htm)

1720        Beginning in this year the island’s administration shifted between the French and the British until the early 19th century.
    (SFEC, 2/15/98, p.T6)

1763        France formally ceded possession of Dominica to Great Britain.

1920-1929    Artist Stephan Haweis (d.1966) went to Dominica. He made his home on Mount Joy near Soufriere. He painted in a Gauguin-like style and inspired other Dominican artists in his wake.
    (SFEC, 2/15/98, p.T7)

1954        Pierre Charles (d.2004), later prime minister, was born in Grand Bay, Dominica.
    (SFC, 1/8/04, p.A19)

1967        Mar 1, Dominica became a West Indies associated state with Edward Oliver LeBlanc as premier. Full independence was attained on Nov. 03, 1978.

1968        Jul 1, Dominica’s left-wing government brought in the Seditious and Undesirable Publications Act to suppress dissent. Eugenia Charles led the opposition to get it withdrawn and was made the leader of the Dominica Free Party.
     (Econ, 9/17/05, p.90)(http://tinyurl.com/l5lh6m)

1978        Nov 3, Dominica gained independence from Britain.
    (PCh, 1992, p.1065)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)

1979        Aug 30, Hurricane David devastated the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica as it began a rampage through the Caribbean and up the eastern seaboard of the United States that claimed some 1,100 lives.
    (AP, 8/30/97)

1980-1995    Eugenia Charles (1919-2005) served as PM of Dominica. She was the 1st female prime minister in the Caribbean region.
    (SFC, 9/8/05, p.B7)

1983        May 10, Dominica PM Dame Eugenia Charles chose to support Taiwan out of political conviction (www.thedominican.net/articles/newsdesk6.htm).
    (Econ, 4/10/04, p.29)

1983        Oct 25, Dominica PM Dame Eugenia Charles stood next to US Pres. Ronald Reagan at the White House as he announced the US invasion of Grenada.
    (SFC, 1/8/04, p.A19)(SFC, 9/8/05, p.B7)

1997        Jun 18, It was reported that Japan was paying 5 Caribbean nations extensive aid and investment in order to gain support to block protections for endangered species. Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica were all reported to have been bribed.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.A8)

1998        Apr 20, The Goldman Environmental Awards were presented to six winners in SF. The prizes were increased to $100,000. Atherton Martin (52) won for his work against a copper mine in Dominica.
    (SFC, 4/20/98, p.A8)

1999        Dominica reported some 1,000 economic citizens, people who had paid about $50,000 for a legal passport.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.AA4)

2000        Jan 31, The United Workers Party lost its majority in the Dominica House of Assembly and Roosevelt Douglas "Rosie Douglas" (58) became the new prime minister following Edison James.
    (SFC, 3/7/00, p.A16)

2000        Mar 17, In Dominica it was reported that Elizabeth Israel, the daughter of a freed slave, was living at age 125.
    (SFC, 3/17/00, p.A14)

2000        Dominica PM Roosevelt Douglas died of a heart attack and Pierre Charles (1954-2004) was appointed to replace him.
    (SFC, 1/8/04, p.A19)

2003        Dominica slashed its budget 15% and introduced new taxes, which led to strikes.
    (SFC, 1/8/04, p.A19)

2004        Jan 6, PM Pierre Charles (49) of Dominica, who slashed public spending in a bid to help his island's economy and was a critic of U.S. policy in the Caribbean, died of an apparent heart attack.
    (AP, 1/7/04)

2004        Jan 7, Dominica's main political party chose Roosevelt Skerrit (31), the education minister, as the next leader of this Caribbean country.
    (AP, 1/8/04)

2004        Mar 29, The island of Dominica switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, after the communist state offered a $112 million aid package.
    (AP, 3/29/04)

2004        Apr 5, China promised $122 million to Pres. Skerritt in return for revoking Dominica’s recognition of Taiwan.
    (Econ, 4/10/04, p.29)

2004        Oct 29, Edward Oliver Leblanc (81), former Dominica Premier, died. He was described by some as a founding father of the Caribbean island in its transition to independence.
    (AP, 10/30/04)

2004        Dominica’s population numbered about 71,000 inhabitants.
    (WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)

2005        May 5, Dominica's governing party won a narrow victory in parliamentary elections apparently convincing voters of the need for an austerity program and a switch in diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China.
    (AP, 5/5/05)

2005        Jul 18, In a program to be screened on ABC TV, the fisheries chief of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific says Japan poured money into the country in exchange for its support over whaling and cheap access to tuna. Similar charges were made by former officials from the tiny Caribbean nations of Dominica and Grenada.
    (AP, 7/18/05)

2005        Sep 6,    Eugenia Charles (b.1919), former PM of Dominica (1980-1995), died. She invited Ronald Reagan to invade Grenada in 1983.
    (SFC, 9/8/05, p.B7)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.90)

2005        Sep 6, Nine countries: Antigua, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Dominica, Suriname, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Dominican Republic, signed oil deals with Venezuela in Jamaica. Cuba and Jamaica had previously signed. Chavez urged Caribbean governments to consider Cuba-style socialism as an alternative to capitalism.
    (AP, 9/11/05)

2007        Aug 17, Hurricane Dean tore through the eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Martinique, ripping roofs from buildings, downing trees and knocking out power. 100 mph winds ruined the entire banana harvest on St. Lucia and Martinique and battered the banana industry in Dominica.
    (AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/18/07)

2008        May 9, Dominica legislators balked at deciding who can marry whom. Chief Charles Williams, the leader of the last remaining pre-Columbian tribe in the eastern Caribbean, recently suggested outlawing marriage to outsiders to save a dwindling indigenous population.
    (AP, 5/9/08)

2009        Dec 18, Dominica held elections. PM Roosevelt Skerrit, who has led his small Caribbean country into an alliance with Hugo Chavez, was betting that the early general elections will keep his Labor Party in power for another five years.
    (AP, 12/18/09)

2011        Jul 31, In Dominica 3 masked men brandishing a machete, a hatchet and a plank of wood demanded money from the US couple outside their Pagua Bay House hotel and restaurant in Marigot. Irish national Joseph Costello was attacked when he rushed from his hotel room to help. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
    (AP, 8/4/11)

2012        Jan 31, Dominica said Bernard Wiltshire, a former attorney general (2000-2002), has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring with others to fraudulently obtain and sell passports.
    (AP, 1/31/12)

2012        Mar 21, In Dominica two California men on a gay cruise of the Caribbean were arrested on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship on suspicion of indecent exposure and "buggery," a term equivalent to sodomy on the island. The next day John Robert Hart (41) and Dennis Jay Mayer (43) of Palm Springs pleaded guilty. Chief Magistrate Evaline Baptiste ordered the men to pay a nearly $900 fine after calling them "rogues and vagabonds." They made no comment after the hearing and police drove the men to the airport after they were released.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)

2014        Nov 20, In Dominica Msgr. Reginald LaFleur (60), a popular priest known as "Father Reggie" by parishioners in Grand Bay, was defrocked at the direction of the Congregation of the Faith in Rome. He was accused of sexually abusing a girl in 1994.
    (AP, 11/22/14)

2014        Dec 9, Dominica PM Roosevelt Skerrit said he is humbled by the re-election after his Labor Party won 15 of 21 parliamentary seats. Dominica's ruling party won a 4th consecutive term following parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 12/9/14)

2015        Mar 27, In Dominica a police sergeant and four officers were charged with murder. They were accused in last year's death of a prisoner found unresponsive in his cell. Police have said that Joshua Etienne had fractured ribs and a punctured lung.
    (AP, 3/28/15)

2015        Aug 27, Tropical Storm Erika unleashed severe flooding across Dominica, triggering landslides that destroyed at least 20 homes in the tiny eastern Caribbean island. At least 31 people were killed and 371 homes were destroyed.
    (AP, 8/27/15)    (AP, 8/28/15)(AP, 9/12/15)

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