A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Dominica


Following the independence of the Commonwealth of Dominica in 1978, the United States established friendly bilateral relations with the former British colony. The United States maintained diplomatic relations with Dominica as political discontent stemming from long-term domestic economic problems led to the establishment of an interim government in 1979.

Modern Flag of Dominica


U.S. Recognition of Dominican Independence, 1978.

Great Britain granted independence to the Commonwealth of Dominica on November 3, 1978. The United States recognized Dominica on that same day, with Frank V. Ortiz, Jr., American Ambassador to Barbados, in attendance at independence celebrations as Personal Representative of President Jimmy Carter.

Consular Relations

The United States maintains no official presence in Dominica. The Ambassador and the Embassy staff are resident at Bridgetown, Barbados.

Diplomatic Relations

Appointment of First American Ambassador to Dominica, 1979.

Ambassador Sally Angela Shelton presented credentials at Bridgetown, Barbados, where she remained resident.


  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Dominica
  • Department of State Country Information: Dominica