Commonwealth of Dominica
Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years.
Note: Dominica (Commonwealth of Dominica) is not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, which is a separate country.
Source: CIA World Factbook 2000
(In general, information available as of 1 January 2000 was used in the preparation of this edition.)