Caribbean The Way It Used To Be
Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
144Trip End Oct 06, 2013
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Outside of being DHs favourite film location, this little bit of paradise has always been something of an afterthought; Christopher Columbus didn't even put much effort into the naming of the island- apparently he first saw it on a Sunday (dominica is Sunday in Latin) and kept on sailing. Today it's largely ignored by the sun worshipers who flood other parts of the Caribbean- there's only a handful of beaches and the interior is mountainous and rough
Outside of the pirates (real & Hollywood), my favourite Dominica story was a 1981 takeover attempt by mercenaries with a distinct Canadian twist. Wolfgang Droege of Toronto (notorious Heritage Front loon) and others attempted to overthrow the government of the day. The self-titled mercenaries were not particularly competent and 'Operation Red Dog', which was a misguided attempt to turn Dominica into a criminal paradise, failed miserably. After this Canadian led fiasco, hopefully by proudly representing Canadian Royalty and walking the streets of Roseau, DH has helped build some bridges.
Given an economy that is over-reliant on agriculture (bananas in particular) in the middle of hurricane alley, the recent governments are trying to promote Dominica as an eco tourism destination. Hopefully they see success but it was nice to visit a Caribbean island without the usual barrage of "I'm With Stupid" T-shirts and palm tree shaped fridge magnets.