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1. Dominica was named for the day on which it was discovered - the Latin translation of 'Sunday'. Which explorer was it, who spotted the island on November 3rd, 1493?
2. The first inhabitants of Dominica were not European colonists, but rather were natives. Which tribe?
3. Which European country was the first to claim Dominica as theirs in 1635, along with the rest of the 'Petite Antilles'?
4. The first European settlers to come to the island arrived as a result of 'La Gaoulé,' a revolt of poor white smallholders on which island located to the southeast?
5. The British conquered the island in 1761 during the Seven Years' War, and were subsequently ceded the colony as part of the 1763 Treaty of Paris. During the American Revolutionary War in 1778, the island was captured by one of the nations involved. Which?
6. With the slave trade prevalent in the Caribbean, Dominica slowly acquired a large black population. After the abolishment of slavery by the British in 1834, it only took four years for Dominica to become the first British colony to have a black-controlled government.
7. Dominica is considered by scientists to be the youngest (most recently formed) island in the Lesser Antilles. Evidence of continued geothermal activity is seen in the World Heritage Site Morne Trois Pitons National Park: the world's second-largest hot spring. By what name is it known?
8. Dominica's lush tropical landscape is home to many rare plants and animals. Among those is Dominica's national bird, which is also featured right in the center of their national flag. By one name it is called the Sisserou Parrot; how is it more commonly known?
9. Windsor Park Stadium was constructed in the capital city of Roseau between 2005 and 2007 at a cost of 33 million East Caribbean dollars. Although it was built as a multi-purpose stadium, for what sport was it primarily constructed?
10. Music is a big part of Dominican culture, with calypso, reggae, zouk, soca and rock and roll being popular styles. In the 1970s, a group by the name of 'Exile One' helped bring international recognition to a Dominican music creation that mixed calypso and cadence rampa. What did this style become known as?
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