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Rodneys Rock is located just north of the village of Mahaut on Dominica's west coast. it is a short driving distance from the capital, Roseau. Mahaut is a place name associated with types of trees - the bark of which was used for making rope. The best known is the west coast village of Mahaut in the parish of St. Paul. The Kalinago people (Caribs) grouped plants according to their uses and any plant with a bark capable of making rope was described as "maho" which was renamed by the French "Mahaut".  Since there were no nails or wire or bolts, the Kalinago tied everything together with ‘maho’- house posts, roofing thatch, hammocks, head straps for carrying loads, for attaching things to canoes, anchor ropes, net ropes and for hauling. As father Breton writes in his Carib Dictionary, "In short, I do not think they could exist without maho". In western scientific botany the Mahaut is found in divers plant families: Cordia (Boraginaceae), Pavonia and Hibiscus (Malvaceae), Triumfetat (Tiliceae) and Sterculia (Sterculiaceae).
The Caribs grouped plants according to their uses and any plant with a bark capable of making rope was described as "maho". The French took the word and wrote it in their own way: "mahaut". Since there were no nails or wire or bolts, everything was tied together with maho. House posts, roofing thatch, hammocks, head straps for carrying load, for attaching things to canoes, anchor ropes, net ropes and for hauling, all depended on maho. As father Breton writes in his Carib Dictionary, "In short, I do not think they could exist without maho". In western scientific botany the Mahaut is found in divers plant families: Cordia (Boraginaceae), Pavonia and Hibiscus (Malvaceae), Triumfetat (Tiliceae) and Sterculia (Sterculiaceae). Courtesy of Dr. Lennox Honychurch, www.LennoxHonychurch.com
Rodney’s Rock The British named it Rodney’s Rock following Admiral George Rodney’s victory at the Battle of the Saintes in April 1782.  There is a local legend that says that the French, who occupied the island at the time, placed lights upon the rock to disguise it as a ship anchored in the dark. This was designed to fool Rodney as he sailed up the west coast in pursuit of the French fleet. The story goes that Rodney was indeed diverted by this trick and hung around all night pounding the supposed ship with cannon shot, only to find at dawn that it was merely a rock. As good as this story sounds, there is absolutely no proof that it actually happened and in any case by dawn Rodney had reached the Cabrits and was ready for a battle with the French fleet. Estates In the 1950’s, the Community of Mahaut was home to five estates properties of several different owners.
  • Hartford Estate: Located in Jimmit once owned by Dr. Tally
  • Sherwood Estate: The whole of Shayè owned by the Sampsons
  • Belfast Estate: Bounding with Hartford, from the Belfast River to Zabico, owned Elias Nassief
  • Curry Rest Estate: Once owned by the Greens
  • Bosejou Estate: From Morne Georgin (above Curry’s Rest) to Morne Scope owned by the Rivieres
Rivers Mahaut once boasted four main rivers running through the community: Belfast, Zabico, Curry’s Rest and Picarty.  Seven waterfalls are located up the river, each offering a special experience. Originally, the water from the Belfast River fed the old mill plantation. Recreation Today, the community is well known for its busy streets and is dubbed “the community that never sleeps”.  Sport was played at Teza grounds and Anlyemon. Lab The lab is where they perform the traditional practice of producing RUM. The lab is presently being rented by Benoit’s family.

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