Location: Lesser Antilles, Caribbean Sea
About: Famous for its lush rainforests and natural beauty, the Caribbean island of Dominica was populated by native Caribs until the late 18th century, when it came into the possession of France. The British took over the island later in the century, and rendered the native population to the brink of extinction. Today, however, there are 3,000 native Caribs living on Dominica, making it the only Eastern Caribbean island that still has a native population. Most of the population, however, is of African descent. Dominica is more reliant on agriculture, especially bananas, than tourism. With volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls and relatively unspoiled rainforests, eco-tourism is a growing industry.
Fun Fact: Dominica has an unusually high rate of centenarians, or people over the age of 100 — 3 times more than the average for developed countries.