The name Dominica comes from the Latin word for Sunday, which was the day on which it was spotted by Christopher Columbus.

Dominica is an island nation and borderless country in the Caribbean Sea, the northernmost of the Windward Islands (though it is sometimes considered the southernmost of the Leeward Islands). The size of the country is about 289.5 square miles (750 km2). The capital is Roseau.

Dominica is largely covered by rainforest and is home to the world's second-largest hot spring, Boiling Lake. Dominica has many waterfalls, springs, and rivers. The Calibishie area in the country's northeast has sandy beaches. The volcanic nature of the island has attracted scuba divers. The island has several protected areas, including Cabarets National Park, as well as 365 rivers.

The climate is subtropical and hot, but cooled by sea breezes, with a rainy season in June-October. Rainfall is heavy, especially in mountain areas.

Throughout its history the fertile island of Dominica has attracted settlers and colonizers and has been the subject of the military, and often bloody, squabbles of European powers. At the time of Columbus's visit on a Sunday (dies Dominica) in November 1493, the island was a stronghold of the Caribs from South America who were driving out the Arawaks. In 1627 the English took theoretical possession without settling, but by 1632 the island had become a de factoFrench colony; it remained so until 1759 when the English captured it. In 1660 the English and French agreed to leave the Caribs in undisturbed possession, but in fact French settlers went on arriving, bringing enslaved Africans with them. Dominica changed hands between the two European powers, passing back to France (1778) and again to England (1783). The French attempted to invade in 1795 and 1805 before eventually withdrawing, leaving Britain in possession.

In 1833 the island was linked to Antigua and the other Leeward Islands under a governor-general at Antigua, but subsequently became part of the Federation of the Leeward Islands Colony (1871-1939) before becoming a unit of the Windward Islands group (1940-60). Dominica joined the West Indies Federation at its foundation in 1958 and remained a member until differences among larger members led to its dissolution in 1962. Within Dominica, the formation of the Dominica Labor Party (DLP) from the People's National Movement and other groups in the early 1960s spurred local demand for greater autonomy in internal affairs.Edward LeBlanc became chief minister in 1961.

Under his leadership, in 1967 Dominica became one of the West Indies Associated States, with full internal self-government, while the UK remained responsible for foreign policy and defense. At LeBlanc's retirement in 1974, Patrick John succeeded as DLP leader and premier. After winning a large majority at the 1975 elections, John pursued the course agreed by the Associated States to seek independence separately.

On 3 November 1978, Dominica achieved independence as a republic within the Commonwealth, took the name of Commonwealth of Dominica.

Citizenship : DOMINICA

Citizenship by Investment Program

The Citizenship by Investment Program of the Commonwealth of Dominica was established in 1991. The program is based on the statute which means the granted citizenship may not be revoked no matter of changes in the governmental executives or policy. The program is defined in the constitution and laws of Dominica: Section 101 of the Constitution and Section 8 of the Citizenship Act, Chapter 1:10 of the Revised Laws and Section 20 (1) of the Citizenship Act 1991.

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