Resolution J1139-2013

Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Independence of Dominica



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of Dominica

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
just  tribute  to  the  cultural  heritage  of  the  ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of  the  community
of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern, and in keeping with its time-ho-
nored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body  to  commem-
orate the 35th Anniversary of the Independence of Dominica; and
  WHEREAS,  The people of this great State and nation and Dominica enjoy
a deep and abiding relationship rooted in kinship and culture; and
  WHEREAS, Officially known as the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominica is
an island nation located in the Caribbean, and it  neighbors  Martinique
to the south and Guadalupe to the north; and
  WHEREAS, Dominica was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 while
on his second voyage to the new world; despite European influence, Domi-
nica  is  one of the few Caribbean islands with remaining populations of
pre-Columbian Indians; in addition, most Dominicans are  descendants  of
African slaves from the 18th century; and
  WHEREAS,  For  the  next few hundred years, Dominica was controlled by
France and native populations until it came under British rule in  1783;
in  1871,  Dominica  became  a  federal  colony  attached to the Leeward
Islands; and
  WHEREAS, Dominica declared its independence from Britain  on  November
3, 1978; and
  WHEREAS,  The  35th Anniversary of Dominica's Independence provides an
opportunity to recognize the significance of its  contributions  to  the
quality  and  character of life, and, through events and activities, for
all people to gain a greater appreciation of its history and traditions,
and of the role it has played, and will continue to play, in our  socie-
ty; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity to
recognize such events of significance  which  foster  ethnic  pride  and
exemplify  the  cultural  diversity  that represents and strengthens the
fabric of the people and the State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Independence of Dominica.


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