Roseau, the Capital of Dominica is the main commercial area on the island. The town was developed on the banks of the Roseau River near the Caribbean Sea. According to history when French settlers visited the Roseau area as early as 1642 a Carib village was found on the river Banks. The French settled and lived among the natives and in the late 1700 the British decided Roseau would become the commercial hub of the island because of its close proximity to the sea and a fresh water supply. Roseau was called Sari by the native Indians and was later named Roseau by the French for the tall Roseaux river reeds growing along the river bank.
Some of the Dominica attractions in the capital of Roseau date back to colonial times. One of the most popular Dominica attractions in Roseau is the Botanical Gardens. The Gardens as it is popularly known is a forty acre park and the idea of the botanical garden was conceived in 1889 and established in 1891 by the British Crown Government. The beautiful park is planted and decorated with a host of different species of tropical plants. Also located in the Botanical Gardens in Roseau, Dominica is the Parrot Research Centre which was established to preserve the island’s national birds the Sisserou and Jacquot Parrots both endemic to the island.
Gnocchi con Pomodorini and Ravioli Quattro Formaggi are only a few of the wonderful dishes presented on Basilico International Restaurant Menu. No doubt that St. Maarten best pizza is at Basilico, featuring authentic Italian pizza.
The historic homes and commercial buildings and sites in the Roseau area provide deep insight into the country’s culture and history. What is known today as the Old Market Plaza on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard was a market place developed by French settlers in the area of the town which is still referred to as the French quarter of Roseau. This is a well toured Dominica attraction in Roseau. This market was originally the place where slaves brought in from West Africa were auctioned off to public. It is a vendors craft market and the site is The Dominica Museum. The building which houses the Dominica museum was once the main post office and is often referred to as the Old Post Office building. The Dominica Museum in Roseau is the best place to learn of the country’s history, culture and traditions and is a featured Dominica attraction in tour and guide books on Dominica travel.
Another historical landmark in Roseau ( and major Roseau attraction for historical buffs) is the Baracoon Building also on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard. The Baracoon was once a holding for slaves after they were taken off trading ships, today it is used as office space for the city’s local government, the Roseau Town Council and is a prime model of Roseau’s preserved colonial architecture.
The Dominica State House located in Roseau, Dominica is an impressive building which stands at the same site of the first government house built in 1776 by the British government. The original building was destroyed by hurricane in 1834, a new building was constructed in 1836 and was extended in 1890 and 1930 and it now stands as one of the major historical and architectural Dominica attractions in the capital of Roseau. The worst hurricane to ever hit the island, Hurricane David destroyed the building in 1979. Renovations on the Dominica State House began once more in 1980 and this produced the present day structure. The building is used for official and state receptions.
One of the more impressive and visual buildings in Roseau is the Lady of Fair Haven Cathedral or the Roseau Cathedral. The First church was constructed in the present site in 1730 and was made out of wood. In the decades which followed the wooden structure was enlargened and replaced with stones carried from the Roseau River. The Roman Catholic Cathedral has a Gothic Romanesque Revival theme which was popular in the 19th century. The original stained glass windows are still in place. The church is another of Roseau major attractions for visitors and locals alike.
A popular look out and historical site in Roseau is Morne Bruce. Morne Bruce was first called Guy’s Hill but was renamed Morne Bruce after the British Engineer Captain Bruce who designed the Forts to protect the town. Morne Bruce is the remnants of a fort and parts of it are still used today. Morne Bruce provides a breath taking view of Roseau and environs.
Fusion Village Restaurant Roseau offers an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Fusion Village bar Dominica is also home to the best bar in Dominica, stocked with all leading drinks and liqueurs, as well as champagnes and wines that are top of the line.
The Fort Young Hotel in Dominica was also built in the remains of a fortress which was started by the French by later expanded by Sir William Young the first Governor of the British Government to Dominica.
The town of Roseau, Dominica is very small and can be covered by foot in less than an hour but there are a lot of Dominica attractions in the capital of Roseau. The architectural designs of some well conserved houses are a sight to see. Many of the picturesque houses date back to colonial times. The small wooden houses are characterized by verandahs, jalousie louvers and wooden shutters. The original design of the overhanging verandahs was to provide shade for pedestrians. Perhaps the most popular of these homes is the Jean Rhys home located in the corner of Queen Mary Street and Cork Street. The international novelist lived in the house for the first sixteen years of her life before she moved to England. Today the house has been turned into a Guest House but the outside has not been tampered with much.
The Roseau market is a fun an interesting place to visit especially on a Saturday. The Roseau Market or the new market is a large sales outlet for local produce, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Saturday is market day and the market is filled with vendors and buyers. It is a very colorful place and a true Dominican tradition. Vendors hackle their produce and the sweet smell of fruits and flowers take over the air.
Roseau is a very colorful town reminiscent of the country’s culture, history and people. The town provides a look into the history of Dominica and proves to be a good type of distraction for the visitor. As small