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Dominica - Devastated by Hurricane Maria

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by Günther Eichhorn

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In January 2018 I went on a sailing ship cruise in the Caribbean with Sail Windjammer on the S/V Mandalay. Dominica was one of the stops on this cruise.

Columbus is said to have passed the island on Sunday, 3 November 1493, and the island's name is derived from the Latin word for "Sunday".

Dominica was settled by Spanish, then French, and then British settlers. It became a British colony in 1763. It became independent on 3 November 1978. Like Saint Kitts and Nevis, it provides economic citizenship to anybody. It costs $100,000. If you invest at least $200,000 in real estate, you pay $50,000 for the citizenship.

Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its natural environment. The island has lush mountainous rainforest, and is home to many rare plants, animals, and bird species.

Dominica was devastated by Hurricane David in August 1979. In the wake of David, a new orchid was found on the island. It has been called David's Orchid.

Dominica was again devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2018. There was widespread damage when I visited the island in January. Dominica doesn't have much own resources, so they have a very difficult time recovering from the devastation. Just a few days after my visit, the first cruise ship since the hurricane was scheduled to port in Roseau. Tourism is the main income generator for Dominica, so everybody was eagerly awaiting the cruise ship

I went on a land excursion on Dominica to visit some nature areas. Everything was severely affected by the hurricane. Most trees were stripped of their leaves and smaller branches, only the trunk and the largest branches remained. Since then leaves have regrown, but not smaller branches. This makes for strange looking trees.

See the Wikipedia page for Dominica.

Pictures of nature in Dominica are on separate pages. Birds are combined for all the islands in the Caribbean:

Caribbean Birds
Caribbean Birds
Nature in Dominica
Dominica Nature

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Dominica
Approaching Dominica. It was rainy when we got there. (390k)
Roseau
Roseau, Capital of Dominica. Like many of the Caribbean cities, Roseau is very colorfull. (446k)
Roseau
Roseau, Capital of Dominica. (493k)
Roseau
Closer view of Roseau. Notice the many blue plastic tarps covering buildings damaged by the hurricane. (644k)
Cathedral
Our Lady of Fair Haven Cathedral in downtown Roseau. (559k)
Damaged building
Damaged building in downtown Roseau. (496k)
Damaged building
Damaged building. (627k)
Devastation
Devastation was everywhere. (700k)
Damaged powerlines
Damaged powerlines. (903k)
Baobab
This African Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain) broke in an earlier hurricane and crashed onto a car. It was left there. (747k)
Road damage
Road damage. (669k)
Trail
Damage to the trail to the Trafalgar Falls. (1045k)
Trail
Removing a huge rock from the trail, by heating and cracking it. (779k)
Visitor Center
Fixing damage to the Tralafgar Falls Visitor Center. (751k)
Hydroelectric plant
Damaged water pipe for the hydroelectric plant. (922k)
Hydroelectric plant
Water main for hydroelectric plant. (924k)
Village in the Roseau Valley
Village in the Roseau Valley. All the trees have been affected by the hurricane. (809k)
Village in the Roseau Valley
Village in the Roseau Valley. Several roofs have been damaged by the hurricane. (856k)
Wrought-iron work
Wrought-iron work on a building in downtown Roseau. (539k)
Traffic
Traffic in downtown Roseau. (482k)
Downtown
Street in downtown Roseau. (609k)
Market in Roseau
Market in Roseau. (522k)
Cruise ship dock in Roseau
Cruise ship dock in Roseau. (442k)
cruise ship dock
Working on the cruise ship dock in Roseau in preparation for the first cruise ship since the hurricane, expected in a few days. (443k)
Excavator
Big excavator. (676k)
Excavator
Big excavator at work. (500k)
Utility crew
Utility crew. These crews were everywhere, trying to cope with the damage. (585k)
Utility crew
Utility crew working on powerlines. (566k)
Utility crew
Utility crew working on powerlines. (749k)

This page contains 29 pictures with 1 species

The total number of pictures online on my website from Dominica is 51

Page last updated on Fri Nov 16 18:27:52 2018 (Mountain Standard Time)


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