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Dominica is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. It should not be confused with the Dominican Republic, another Caribbean nation.The official name is Commonwealth of Dominica. Dominica s pre-Columbian name was Wai tu kubuli, which means "her body is tall". The indigenous Kalinago people of the island, somewhat erroneously called Caribs , have a territory which resembles the Indian reserves of Canada. Because the island went through a period of French occupation, and lies between two overseas départements of France (Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south), the island is sometimes called "French Dominica". The island also has the nickname "The Nature Isle of the Caribbean" due to its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty. The isle of Dominica is one of the youngest islands in the Lesser Antilles, and it is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. It is a lush island of mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal and bird species. The Sisserou parrot is featured on the Dominica flag. Dominica s economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture.