Q: What tiny tree frogs in Dominica are born as fully formed  frogs, bypassing the tadpole stage?

A:  The two centimeter-long frogs known as the Gounouge.

Q:  Name the highest lake in Dominica, often shrouded in mist and located at an altitude of 2,850 ft. (869 m). 

A: Boeri Lake

Q:  Which Dominican is believed to have been possibly the longest lived person in the world?

A: Elizabeth Ma Pampo. She was born on January 27, 1875 and died on October 14, 2003.

Q:  An annoyance that the people of Dominica have to live with is the missending of their mail to another country. What other country?

A:  The Dominican Republic.

Q:  Who lives in the Carib Territory of Dominica?

A:  Descendants of the Caribs, early Amerindian inhabitants of Dominica. The Arawaks occupied Dominica before the warlike Caribs came on the scene and supplanted them.

Q:  Who was the first woman Prime Minister in the West Indies?

A:  Miss Mary Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica. She was first elected in 1980, and re-elected in 1985 and 1990.

Q:  On what day of the year do Dominican women and girls wear only their national dress to work, school and other places?

A:  On Creole Day, the last Friday in October. The national dress is called "la robe douillete." In Creole, it is called “la wob dwiyet”.

Q:  Why does the Boiling Lake boil?

A:  The Boiling Lake is the result of the flooding of  a fumarole, an opening in a volcanic area from which hot gases escape. It acts like a huge boiling bathtub in which the water is sometimes gray, sometimes blue, sometimes black

Q:  What do Dominicans call mohagony birds?

A:  Their giant cockroaches.

Q:  True or False?  Dominica was the first Caribbean island to be colonized by the Europeans.

A:  False. It was the last. The main reason was the fierce defense of the island by the Caribs.  Another contributing factor was its difficult terrain. It's tall uneven slopes did not readily permit the planting of crops.

Q:  What was Operation Red Dog?

A:  An attempted coup against the government of Prime Minister Eugenia Charles in April 1981. The invasion force comprised Ku Klux Klansmen, Neo-Nazis, Gay Liberationists and Canadian mercenaries, backed by the Mafia, whose main interest was the use of the island as a base for trafficking in drugs. The force's immediate objective was to link up with supporters of the ousted Prime Minister Patrick John and a group of Rastas and to install Mr. John as the new head of government.

Q:  What was the objective of the second attempted coup in December 1981?

A:  The releasing of former Prime Minister Patrick John and his co-defendants from prison. These  men were awaiting trial which was scheduled to begin in January.

Q:  In Dominica, the sound of the conch shell announces the arrival and availability of an important commodity. What is it?

A:  It means: The fishing boat has arrived; come and get your fresh fish. (Conch is pronounced "conk."). In fact, the conch shell has been used widely in the Caribbean to attract attention before making community announcements.

Q:  Why did slaves escape from Guadeloupe to Dominica for a number of years after 1838?

A:  The slaves in Dominica, which was a British colony, had complete emancipation, starting August 1, 1838 but those in Guadeloupe, which was a French colony,  remained enslaved until 1848.  Because the slaves of  Guadeloupe shared a French background with Dominicans, escape to Dominica was an attractive proposition to them.

Q:  Name the first site in the Eastern Caribbean listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

A:  Dominica's 17,000-acre Morne Trois Piton National Park.


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