Dominica (Sunday in Latin) was discovered by Columbus on Sunday so hence the name. Very appropriate and original!! Unlike many of its neighbors Dominica is mountainous and has loads of fresh water. Some parts are arable and that translates to fruits and vegetables enough to export as well as for the local consumption. Since the island did not lend itself to sugar plantations, it never quite fit the mold. As a result to this day there are Carib Native Americans on the island because they never left. For reasons that can only be speculated, the Spanish did not completely crush and enslave the Carib Indians of eastern Dominica like they did in the other islands of the Caribbean.
The locals have not changed much over the years living much the same way as they have done over the centuries, leaving the island with little development and trying to gather the easy dollars that come by through turism.