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About twenty thousand reside in Roseau and its environs, reflecting the "drift" to the urban center during the last several decades of the twentieth century.
A majority of the population, 89 percent, is of African descent, 7 percent are of mixed race, and 2 percent are Carib.
Due to the mountainous terrain and the resistant Caribs who inhabited it, Dominica was unclaimed by European powers until settled by French planters and missionaries in 1635. In 1686 both nations agreed to relinquish the island to the Caribs, yet repeatedly returned.
By 1750, the Caribs had retreated to the rugged windward coast (they now reside in an area called the Carib Reserve).