country that is an island of the Windward group in the West Indies: a British-controlled territory from 1783 to 1978, when it became independent; member of the Commonwealth: 290 sq mi (751 sq km); pop. 72,000; cap. Roseau
An island country of the eastern Caribbean between Guadeloupe and Martinique. Originally inhabited by Caribs, the island was visited by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and became a British colony in the early 1800s, gaining its independence in 1978. Roseau is the capital. Population: 72,400.