The Commonwealth of Dominica is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. Dominica's pre-Columbian name was Wai'tu kubuli, which means "her body is tall." The indigenous people of the island, the Caribs, have a territory which resembles the Indian reserves of Canada. Because the island went through a period of French occupation, and lies between two overseas départements of France : ► Guadeloupe to the north and ► Martinique to the south; the island is sometimes called "French Dominica". It also has the nickname "The Nature Isle of the Caribbean" due to its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty.
La Dominique est une île de l'archipel des Caraïbes, située à mi-chemin des îles françaises de la Guadeloupe et de la Martinique. Son nom précolombien est Wai'tu kubuli, qui signifie « Son corps est grand ». Le Commonwealth de la Dominique est membre du Caricom, de l'AEC, de l'OECO, du Commonwealth, de l'OEA, de l'ONU, de la Francophonie. Avant son indépendance en 1978, la Dominique était une colonie britannique, depuis le traité de Paris (1763), époque à laquelle la France y a renoncé. Elle fut passagèrement réoccupée par la suite.
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