The fascinating history of the West Indies tends to be overshadowed by the islands’ breathtaking natural beauty. But it’s quite a story, and Dominica is the place to hear it. It was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due primarily to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs, after whom the sea is named. The 3,000 Carib Indians living on Dominica today are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean. It was their tradition to color their bodies with a red dye, and the Spaniards, believing that this was their natural color, spread the rumor of a red-skinned race.
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