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10 Smallest Countries (Slideshow)

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10. Dominica

Population: 72,660

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.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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2:02PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Absolutely beautiful pictures.

11:37AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Great article with wonderful countries.Thanks for sharing

3:57AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Great article. Thanks.

12:03AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

thanks

8:16PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Thanks

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting and intriguing! So many fascinating places around the world to see with some in small packages. Certainly cuts down on travel time within the country.

Recently the sixteen year old cat that owns me started her own country on my balcony, which she rules with a velvet paw. The capital is Catniptonia. In her spare time she is the Supreme Ruler of the World but likes her own country on the balcony for vacation time.

Wait til Jane finds this article and sees Vatican City...! See how long it takes for her to find it?









7:16AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

interesting!

8:11PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

San Marino is my favorite by FAR. what a history... anyone wanna fund a trip for my little family (hint hint) :)

7:40PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

wow

6:10PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

beautiful, would love to visit most of them, thanks for this

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