November 3 is Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Dominica from the United Kingdom in 1978.
The island was originally inhabited by the Kalinago and later colonized by Europeans, predominantly by the French from the 1690s to 1763. Columbus is said to have passed the island on Sunday, November 3, 1493, and the island’s name is derived from the Latin for “Sunday”.
Great Britain took possession in 1763 after its defeat of France in the Seven Years’ War, and it gradually established English as the official language.
The island republic gained independence in 1978.
Dominica is part of the the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea.