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Dominica Ruin Estates

September 9th, 2006 (at 08:03am) Written by: Chris

Dominica was the last island in the Caribbean to be colonized and therefore it’s the oldest non-indigenous buildings only date from the second half of the 18th century. Dominica mountainous terrain and the late beginning of European settlement ensured that much of island’s natural beauty was maintained well into this present century. The force of nature and economics also play a role in the pattern of architectural heritage.

Dominica was never a colony of opulence. The sharp twist of fortune and decline gave no stability resulting in buildings were modest and utilitarian. The oldest estate houses were in the south of the island where the French settlers from Martinique. You will find that use the word ‘estate’ where in other islands ‘plantation’ is used. The charming collection of half ruined building at Bois Cotlette near Soufriere is a fine example of an early French coffee and sugar estate.

The best examples are at the Old Mill at Canefield, Hillsborough on the west coast and Hampstead in the north. Ruins at Soufriere, Grand Bay and Bagatelle can also be visited. There are also impressive acqueduct at Snug Corner, Wallhouse and Castle Comfort in the South, Canefield in the west and Rosalie on the east coast.

Entry Filed under: Traditional Architecture