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OFFICIAL NAME Commonwealth of Dominica SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT Multiparty Republic ESTIMATED 2000 POPULATION 79800 LOCATION GEOGRAPHY Dominica is an island located at the northern end of the windward chain of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea It is situated between the French island groups of Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south The island is almost rectangular in shape and has a deeply indented coast line It is of volcanic origin with many fumaroles and sulfur springs The interior of the island is dominated by a series of high peaks and deeply incised valleys which are carpeted by deep forest The Clyde Pagua Rosalie Roseau and the Layou Rivers flow from the central ridge of mountain peaks to the coast Major Cities pop est Roseau 15900 Portsmouth 3600 Marigot 2900 1991 Land Use forested 67 pastures 3 agricultural-cultivated 23 other 7 1993CLIMATE Dominica has a tropical climate with extreme humidity and temperatures which are constantly tempered by sea breezes There is a vast dry season on the west side of the island and a hurricane season between July and September while the wet season is usually between June and October Average annual precipitation varies from 1750 mm 69 inches on the coast to 6250 mm 246 inches in the central mountainous area The average temperature ranges are from 20 to 29 degrees Celsius 64 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 23 to 32 degrees Celsius 73 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in JunePEOPLE Most of the population are descendants of the Black African slaves which were imported as plantation slaves during the 17th and 18th centuries Black Africans account for 91 of the population and other ethnic minorities include the Mulattoes who are of mixed African and
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