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The Konmité Pou Etid Kwéyo`l (Committee for Creole Studies) was created in 1981 as part of the government's Cultural Division to document, promote, and preserve the language. Dominica's national motto is Apres Bondie C'est La Ter, "After God, it is the land," emphasizing the country's French-creole heritage, strong religious orientation, and dependence on the soil.
The national flag depicts a Sisserou parrot, found only in Dominica, within a red circle surrounded by ten green stars representing the parishes of the country; this is centered on a cross in yellow, black, and white stripes on a green background representing the lushness of its rainforests.
About twenty thousand reside in Roseau and its environs, reflecting the "drift" to the urban center during the last several decades of the twentieth century.
A majority of the population, 89 percent, is of African descent, 7 percent are of mixed race, and 2 percent are Carib.
It is said to represent the nation's history and continuity, and the ruggedness and resourcefulness of its people. Geography has played a guiding role in the island's history.
Due to the mountainous terrain and the resistant Caribs who inhabited it, Dominica was unclaimed by European powers until settled by French planters and missionaries in 1635. In 1686 both nations agreed to relinquish the island to the Caribs, yet repeatedly returned.
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Main exports: coffee, cocoa, bananas, citrus fruits, and tropical fruits.A distinct English-based creole called Kokoy is spoken in Wesley and Marigot, two villages on the Atlantic coast that were settled by Methodist missionaries, estate owners, and their slave laborers from Antigua and other Leeward Islands in the late eighteenth century.The last fluent speaker of the Carib language reportedly died in the 1920s, although efforts are now being made to revive that language.A French-based creole, known officially as Kwéyo`l but also commonly called Patois or Patwa, arose in the early eighteenth century through contact between French colonizers and enslaved West Africans.Once the primary oral language of the rural population, its use is now declining among the younger generations.