1494. Dominica sighted by Columbus.
1763. British take possession of island after a century of conflict with France.
1903. Establishment of Carib Territory in northeast of island.
1950s. First banana exports to Britain.
1978. Independence from the United Kingdom.
1979. Hurricane David devastates Dominica; 37 killed, 60,000 left homeless.
1980. Eugenia Charles wins elections, staying in power until 1995.
1983. Prime Minister Charles supports U.S. invasion of Grenada.
2000. Coalition government formed between Dominica Labour Party and Dominica Freedom Party; premature death of Prime Minister Rosie Douglas.