Their ancestors had come from South
America, sailing down the Orinoco river in dugout canoes, they
settled on the rugged islands in order to protect themselves
In 1493, Christopher Columbus landed in Dominica in
search of gold and fortune. However he found only rivers,
mountains, rich red volcanic soil and the Caribs!
They welcomed Columbus and his men and in
return Columbus worked and exploited them, almost to the verge
The Caribs in Dominica, after years of brutal treatment
by the Spanish, French and English, now number approximately 3,000.
They elect their own chief who holds the position for 4 years and
also have a representative in the house of assembly. In July 2004
saw Charles Williams elected as Carib Chief.
They tend to keep to themselves and their culture
has remained very much unchanged compared to other areas of
They are a warm
and friendly people, living in peace and harmony, relying
on the earth and the sea for a living.
in the ‘Carib Territory’ weave beautiful baskets
that are sold to tourist as souvenirs.
One is flung centuries back into a cool, calm
place amidst a most beautiful group of people.