United in Purpose: Our Health, Our Heritage, Our Future is the theme for this year’s Dominica independence celebrations.
The first European contact with this Caribbean island took place on 3 November 1493 when Christopher Columbus sailed past during his second voyage to the New World. As it was a Sunday, he named the island Dominica, from the Latin for ‘day of the Lord’, dies Dominica.
In the early 18th century the island became a French colony, but under the Treaty of Paris, 1763 – an agreement that ended the Seven Years War it was ceded to Britain. Over the next four decades control of Dominica changed a couple more times, and it wasn’t until 1805 that the French gave up their attempts to recapture the island.
It was 43 years ago on this day 3 November 1978 – exactly 485 years after receiving its name from Columbus – the Commonwealth of Dominica started out on its new path as an independent republic within the Commonwealth, with Patrick John becoming its prime Minister.
Independence Day celebrations will take place with:
Wednesday 3 November
National Day Observance Ceremony
National Cultural Gala (virtual)
Thursday 4 November
National Day of Community Service
Bonne fête de l’indépendance à tous les dominicains.