Monday, August 17, 2009

Dominica World Creole Music Festival / Michele Henderson @ World Creole Music Festival

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Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it - a Sunday (domenica in Italian) - which fell on November 3, 1493. In the next hundred years after Columbus' landing, Dominica remained isolated, and even more Caribs settled there after being driven from surrounding islands as European powers entered the region. France formally ceded possession of Dominica to the United Kingdom in 1763. The United Kingdom then set up a government and made the island a colony in 1805. The emancipation of African slaves occurred throughout the British Empire in 1834, and, in 1838, Dominica became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by blacks. In 1896, the United Kingdom reassumed governmental control of Dominica, turning it into a crown colony. Half a century later, from 1958 to 1962, Dominica became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation. In 1978, Dominica became an independent nation.

The fiery creation forces are alive here - steaming valleys, and the world's 2nd largest boiling lake. Dominica's Boiling Lake, second in size to the Frying Pan lake of New Zealand, is 200ft wide. It is located five miles from the city at the core of the Morne Trois Piton National Park, a World Heritage Site. This steaming basin of earth is one of he most amazing geothermal features on earth.

Dominica's 365 rivers rush to the sea, national parks, lush vegetation and the UNESCO World Heritage Site! Under the canopies of mammoth Chataignier and Gommier trees, there are 170 bird species, more than 1,000 species of flowering plants, 74 identified species of orchids and 200 types of fern. But no poisonous snakes.

Dominica is home to two endemic Amazon parrots - the Sisserou and Red necked Jaco, who's habitants are protected within the system of National Parks. The stunning Sisserou Parrot graces the flag and is a national symbol. Dominica is also one of only two island habitats for the beautiful Blue-headed Hummingbird, which lives in the rainforest and elfin forest.

The island's endless labyrinths of fresh flowing water - fed by rainfall of up to 300 inches per year- give credence to the legend of its 365 rivers. Whether visitors opt for the five hour hike to the Boiling Lake or the fifteen minute drive to the Watten Waven Sulphur Springs, they will be fascinated by the variety of tropical eco-systems of the island. Visit the Botanic Gardens in Roseau and see the thriving flowers, plants and trees in our capital city.

Dominica is also home to several small creatures including the crapaud (frog), the agouti and the manicou.

Dominica's unique features are as alluring underwater as they are above. Sharp drop offs to the sea floor, fresh water vents undersea, multi-colored coral reefs, and diverse marine life are some of the features that make the island a premier spot for divers.

All these attributes simply attest to the reasons why Dominica is called the Nature Island.

"Domineek-ah" invites you to Explore! Hike! Discover! And below the sea, the clear Caribbean waters, volcanic formations and rich marine life make for exceptional diving, snorkeling and whale watching. Visit Dominica and make the most of your Caribbean vacation!

Although there are no direct flights from the US mainland, Canada or Europe, there are several island hub options with daily connecting flights to Dominica.

"The World Creole Music Festival is not just a festival for us in Dominica…. It is a meeting point; an event of significant cultural and tourism value; it is our way of showcasing the unique Creole heritage and culture of the millions of people of the Creole world... in the music, the cuisine, the language and the various strands of this cultural diversity which is best mirrored at the more than one month of exciting activities during the month of October", says Dominica's tourism minister. Read the article ...

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