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There are also separate articles concerning the Minnesota county of the same name, and its chief town.
Roseau's Bay Front area
Roseau's Bay Front area

Roseau (Kwéyòl: Wozeau) is the capital of Dominica. Its population is 14,847 (2001 census),[1] It is a small and compact urban settlement surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Roseau River and Morne Bruce. Built on the site of the ancient Kalinago Indian village of Sairi, it is the oldest and most important urban settlement on the island. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Roseau County is a county located in the state of Minnesota, United States. ... Roseau is a city in Roseau County, Minnesota, USA. The population was 2,756 at the 2000 census. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2400x1600, 587 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Roseau Saint George Parish, Dominica Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2400x1600, 587 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Roseau Saint George Parish, Dominica Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Antillean Creole is a French-lexified creole language spoken primarily in the Lesser Antilles. ... Not to be confused with capitol. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Map of Central America and the Caribbean The Caribbean Sea (pronounced or ) is a tropical sea in the Western Hemisphere, part of the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Gulf of Mexico. ... Drawing of Caribe woman Carib or Island Carib is the name of a people of the Lesser Antilles islands, after whom the Caribbean Sea was named; their name for themselves was Kalinago for men and Kallipuna for women. ...


It is located at 15°18′N, 61°23′W, on the west (leeward) coast of Dominica, and is a combination of modern and colonial (French Style) architecture.


It exports bananas, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges and cocoa. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Cocoa beans in a cacao pod Cocoa is the dried and partially fermented fatty seed of the cacao tree from which chocolate is made. ...


It is the see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Roseau. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Roseau (Latin: Dioecesis Rosensis) is a diocese of the Latin rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Caribbean. ...

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Overview

The central district of Roseau is tightly packed with small houses, and only little green or open space is situated within it. The district is, however, framed in every direction by natural elements. The sea and the river provide water element while the Botanical Gardens and the State House gardens frame the city with green space. Both these elements are rare in the Caribbean. No other centre in the region has such extensive botanical gardens with such central location, and the Roseau River is amongst the largest rivers that flow through any Caribbean capital.


The urban structure of Central Roseau is based on an irregular grid system of miniature proportions, making it a highly illegible city. Even though the grid area is not very extensive, it is relatively easy for a visitor to get lost there. The grid area has some 80 blocks in the area of thirty hectares. In comparison, the grid areas of Kingstown and Castries--capitals of St. Vincent and St. Lucia--have some 50 and 60 blocks in the areas of over forty hectares. The average block size in Central Roseau is thus some one third of a hectare, i.e. about half of the figure of Central Kingstown.

Panorama of Roseau from Cruise ship
Aerial photo of Roseau
Aerial photo of Roseau

Several embassies are also located in the city. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 235 pixelsFull resolution (8190 × 2402 pixel, file size: 11. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 235 pixelsFull resolution (8190 × 2402 pixel, file size: 11. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...


History

In the 18th century Roseau was only what is now its central district. Currently, only about one seventh out of the 14,000 who live in the district of Roseau City Council do live in Central Roseau. Newtown and Potter's Ville, the old suburbs, where formed already in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Goodwill was established in the 1950s and Bath Estate in the early 1980s. Since that several new semiurban settlements--such as Stock Farm, Castle Comfort and Wall House--have been constructed around the existing ones. Some older settlements like Fond Cole and Canefield nowadays belong also to the semiurban area that lies around Roseau.[2]


City life

Because of the suburban sprawl, fewer people sleep their nights in Central Roseau, but more of them daily commute. Motorised vehicles pour into the central district thus introducing a mode of point-to-point interaction in an environment that was created for multiple use. As elders said, first there were no streets but just a space between the buildings. The streets of Roseau, and especially those of its central district, are not only ways to move from place to place but they are places themselves. They are used as gardens, playing fields and social meeting places.

Street scene in Roseau
Street scene in Roseau

The Botanical Gardens on the fringes of the central district are a relaxing place if compared to the busy downtown area. They are, however, mostly used by children. Several schools are situated in the vicinity of the gardens, and groups of school children in their blue or brown uniforms populate the gardens along with tourists. When there is a cricket match, however, people gather to the sides of the Cricket Ground to watch the game. In 2007, Windsor cricket stadium was completed with the generous donation of EC$ 33 million dollars from the government of the People's Republic of China. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Bowler Shaun Pollock bowls to batsman Michael Hussey. ... Windsor Park is a multi-use stadium in Roseau, Dominica. ... ISO 4217 Code XCD User(s) Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Pegged with U.S. dollar = XCD 2. ... State power within the government of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) is divided among three bodies: the Communist Party of China, the state, and the Peoples Liberation Army, (PLA). ...


There are no world famous hotel chains in the city. The most famous hotel is the Fort Young Hotel. There are also a few old churches.


The national radio station is located in the capital.


Radio station links include: http://www.dbcradio.net/ http://www.wiceqfm.com/ http://www.kairifm.com/


Scenery

Roseau's nearby scenery (mostly in its so-called valley) includes waterfalls, thermal springs, and scenic plateaus.


Notable people

Dominica's most famous writer and novelist, Jean Rhys, was born in Roseau on August 24, 1894. A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Jean Rhys (August 24, 1890 - May 14, 1979), originally Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams, was a Caribbean novelist who wrote in the mid 20th century. ... is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


NBA basketball player Garth Joseph was born in the town on August 8, 1973. “NBA” redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... Garth Joseph as member of Saba Battery Garth Joseph (born August 8, 1973 in Roseau, Dominica) is a former NBA player. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


References

  1. ^ Commonwealth of Dominica, Population and Housing Census — 2001. Roseau, Dominica: Central Statistical Office, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Kennedy Avenue, 2001.
  2. ^ Niko Lipsanen, Naturalistic and existential realms of place in Roseau, Dominica. University of Helsinki, Department of Geography 2001.

Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...

See also

Windsor Park is a multi-use stadium in Roseau, Dominica. ...

External links

  • Roseau Photo Gallery

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