In 1493, Christopher Columbus landed in Dominica
in search of gold and fortune. However he found only rivers, mountains,
rich red volcanic soil and the Caribs!
They welcomed Columbus and his men and in return
Columbus worked and exploited them, almost to the verge of extinction.
The Caribs in Dominica, after years
of brutal treatment by the Spanish, French and English, now
number approximately 3,000. They elect their own chief who holds
the position for 4 years and also have a representative in the
house of assembly. In July 2004 saw Charles Williams elected
as Carib Chief.
||They tend to keep to themselves and their culture
has remained very much unchanged compared to other areas of
|They are a warm and friendly people,
living in peace and harmony, relying on the earth and the sea
for a living.