Wesley, Dominica

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Wesley (15°34′N 61°19′W / 15.567°N 61.317°W / 15.567; -61.317) is a village in north-eastern Dominica, situated between the old estates of Eden and Londonderry. Like many other villages along the east coast Wesley developed after Emancipation on hilly land along the boundary between the two estates as labourers sought to establish independent holdings for themselves away from the plantations where they had formerly lived and worked. In the mid 19th century, Charles Leatham, owner of Eden, sold several small lots in this area. His estates had been centres for early evangelization by Wesleyan missionaries and by as early as 1837 religious and night school gatherings were being held in a large estate building on Londonderry estate. Methodist influence grew further when free labourers were introduced into the estates of the north-east from Antigua, Montserrat, and other Leeward Islands to replant the sugar estates in cocoa and limes. By the 1860s the settlement was referred to as Wesleyville and was dominated by a woman shopkeeper called Ma Wesley. Eventually the place was simply called Wesley, while the district continued to be called by its old French parish name, La Soie (La Swa). At the end of the 19th century the Roman Catholic Church began to make a move to evangelize the area, but so strong was the Protestant influence that it had to buy land for the first church by using one of its faithful to purchase the land in his name and then to declare it for the church after the sale was completed. Tensions between the two faiths were high for a time. In the 1940s and 1950s large-scale land settlement schemes in the interior organized by the British government enabled villagers to buy Crown Lands and free themselves of dependency on the estates. This coincided with the beginning of the banana boom and Wesley benefited materially from this development. Economic growth enabled villagers to improve their housing and send children to secondary schools in Roseau. In 1979 the opening of St.Andrew's High School provided such education closer to home. National political changes also had an effect on the general changes in the community.

Wesley
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Wesley is located in Dominica
Wesley
Wesley
Location in Dominica
Coordinates: 15°34′N 61°19′W / 15.567°N 61.317°W / 15.567; -61.317Coordinates: 15°34′N 61°19′W / 15.567°N 61.317°W / 15.567; -61.317
Country  Dominica
Parish Saint Andrew Parish
Population (2001)
 • Total 1,756
Time zone UTC (UTC-4)

It has a population of over 2000 people.It is the home of the North Eastern Comprehensive School better known as the NECS after the closing of the St.Andrews School in 2006.[1]

Churches[edit]

Catholic church

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Pentecostal

Baptist

Seventh Day Church Of God

Methodist

Christian Union Mission

Amenities and Attractions[edit]

Lakwa Waterfall

Randy's Restaurant

Jan's Ideal Spot

Little's Green Bar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commonwealth of Dominica, Population and Housing Census — 2001. Roseau, Dominica: Central Statistical Office, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Kennedy Avenue, 2001.