Newspapers in Dominica
Dominica has no daily newspaper; the largest newspaper, New Chronicle (2,500
copies), is published once a week.
State Dominica Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts radio in English
and in the island's Creole language. There are also two church radio stations.
Since 1983 there is a private TV station (Video One) that reaches 1/3 of the
island. The two-channel broadcasts consist primarily of programs from the United
States. There are 630 radio and 220 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).
The name America goes back to the Italian navigator and
conqueror Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512). The name came
about through a misunderstanding of the Freiburg
scientist and cartographer Martin Waldseemüller
(1470-1521). Waldseemüller wrongly thought that Vespucci
had "discovered" the new continent, so he named it
America on his map of the world drawn in 1507. Probably
the coast of America was already used by the Viking
"Erik the Red" (950-1003) with Viking boats. Before the
Europeans arrived, America was home to highly developed
cultures. These included the Aztecs and the Mayans.
Before the year 1000
The American continent was probably settled between
30,000 and 8,000 BC. From Northeast Asia over a land
bridge (Beringland) at the place of today's Bering
Strait. From Alaska the entire double continent was
settled in several waves as far as Tierra del Fuego. The
oldest secured archaeological find comes from Chile and
is dated 13,800 BC. Dated.
The Native Americans developed high urban cultures in
Central and South America. In North America, the area of
today's USA and Canada, they founded complex
communities, so-called Templemound cultures, in the
eastern catchment area of the Mississippi. However,
these disintegrated before the arrival of the Europeans.
They were replaced by smaller village communities that
lived mainly from agriculture. In the southwest of
today's USA, sometimes multi-storey clay building
settlements with up to 500 rooms, the pueblos, were
Most of the history of the Native Americans was
transmitted orally. Fact reports and myths often flow
into one another. However, archaeological and geological
finds have finally shown that the so-called Indian "oral
history" has preserved events that go back many
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|Puerto Rico (Caribbean)
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Countries in Central America – Countryaah.com
Notes on some selected countries
Panama covers an area of 75,517 km² - with around 4.1
million residents. The Central American country between
Costa Rica and Colombia and is probably best known
worldwide for the local channel between the Atlantic and
the Pacific. The 82 km long canal was opened in 1914.
From December 20, 1989 to January 3, 1990, the
country was invaded by US troops. The invasion was the
largest airborne operation since World War II. In the
course of the invasion, President Manuel Noriega
(1938-2017) was arrested and sentenced to 40 years in
prison in the US, which was later reduced to 17 years.
On April 26, 2010 he was extradited to France and
sentenced there on July 7, 2010 to seven years in prison
for money laundering. Panama applied for extradition
from France, which was followed by a French court on
September 23, 2011. On December 11, 2011, he was
transferred to Panama and was imprisoned here in the
prison directly on the Panama Canal.
At the end of January 2017 he was released from house
arrest for his tumor treatment. He died a few months
later of the consequences of his illness on the night of
May 29th to 30th, 2017. On November 3rd, Panama became
independent from Colombia.
Venezuela covers an area of 916,445 km² - with around
32 million residents.
The country borders and has significant oil reserves.
Under the “socialist” President Maduro, the country has
fallen into complete disrepair and is ruled by a clique
that mainly operates in their own pockets and is
probably also involved in the drug trade. The country
receives military, economic and medical aid from Cuba.