The next morning, the women decide there will only be time for one activity on the island. They discuss which event will be the least expensive and the most interesting. Finally, they settle on taking a guided tour. Their guide meets them at the dock. She is holding a sign with their last names printed on it.
Winsome: Good morning, ladies. I am very happy to meet you. First, I want to give you a bottle of water as it will get very hot today. Sandra: Thank you, that’s a very thoughtful idea! What is your name? Winsome: Oh, I’m sorry; I should have introduced myself; my name is Winsome. Donita: That’s a beautiful name. I don’t think I’ve heard it before. Winsome: I have to thank my father for it; he lived in Jamaica for several years and named me after his favorite teacher. Sandra: What a nice story! I’m a teacher….. Donita: (Interrupts.) Do you think any of your students will name their daughter after you? (Laughs.) Sandra: I wonder! Winsome: What names should I call you ladies? Both: We are Sandra and Donita. Winsome: Very good; now ladies if you will be so good as to get in my taxi, we will start the tour. Sandra: I’m very interested in the history of the island. Donita: (Groans.) Not me; I’m more interested in seeing the birds and flowers. Sandra: I guess it’s because I’m a teacher who loves to travel and learn about everyone’s culture. Winsome: I will be happy to tell you about the history of Roseau and then we will go to the beautiful Botanical Garden. Then both of you will be happy, right? (She begins driving.) Both: (Laughing.) Good idea! Winsome: Do you ladies know the island of Dominica is around 26 million years old? Both: Really! Winsome: Yes, but my history teacher said it is the youngest island in the Caribbean. We are very lucky because the older islands are not as pretty as Dominica. I will tell you what my teacher taught us about the first people to live here, but there will be no test! (Laughs.) Both: Thank you! (They also laugh.) Winsome: Do you ladies know the origin of the name Dominica? Sandra: I think so. Doesn’t it mean Sunday? Winsome: Exactly! In 1493, Christopher Columbus sighted the island on a Sunday, so that is what he named it. Now for some more history: More than 5,000 years ago, tribes migrated into the Caribbean, maybe from the Orinoco basin. Then some 3,000 years later, Arawaks followed. Donita: Are there some kind of records about the first people living here? Winsome: Not exactly; the only evidence about the first people is from relics that were found. But we do know more about the later people; the Arawaks. We know that they were not warriors, but a peaceful people who organized into communities. Sometime around 1000 AD, other Carib tribes sailed north to settle on other islands. Any questions, so far? Sandra: Yes, but I remember reading that early European explorers were shocked to find cannibalistic Caribs. Is that true? Winsome: Historians believe that this was a story made up by the sailors to justify the genocide that was done in the area. Donita: How horrible! Winsome: Another suggestion was that early colonists told this story to keep other explorers away from trying to take over the islands. Anyway, fleets avoided the Eastern Caribbean until the mid- 17th century, just in case the story was true.