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Dominica’s Early European Contacts

November 24th, 2011 (at 02:05pm) Written by: Chris

In 1635 France claimed Dominica along with all the other ‘Petite Antilles’ but no settlement was attempted. Between 1642 and 1650 a French missionary Raymond Breton became the first regular European visitor to the island.

In 1660 the French and English agreed that both Dominica and St. Vincent should not be settled, but instead left to the Caribs as neutral territory.

Dominica was officially neutral for the next century, but the attraction of its resources remained; rival expeditions of English and French foresters were harvesting timber by the start of the 18th century. ~ Wikipedia



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