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Autonomous Region of the Azores
Região Autónoma dos Açores
Flag Coat of arms
Motto"Antes morrer livres que em paz sujeitos"(Portuguese)
("Rather die free than live subjugated") (English)
AnthemA Portuguesa (national)
Hino dos Açores (regional)
Capital Ponta Delgada1
Angra do Heroísmo2
Horta3
Largest Ponta Delgada
Official language(s) Portuguese
Ethnic groups  Portuguese
Demonym Azorean
Government Autonomous Region
 -  President Carlos César (PSPsocialista.png)
 -  Leader of the Regional Assembly Francisco Coelho (PSPsocialista.png)
Political History
 -  Settled 1439 
 -  Administrative Autonomy 1895 
 -  Political Autonomy September 4, 1976 ... 
 -  Regional Elections October 19, 2008 
Area
 -  2,346 km2 
906 sq mi 
Population
 -  2006 estimate 246,018 
 -  2001 census 241,763 
 -  Density 104/km2 
269.4/sq mi
Currency Euro (€)4 (Euro)
Time zone UTC (UTC-1)
 -  Summer (DST) UTC in EST (UTC)
Drives on the vehicles drive right of the road
Internet TLD .pt
Calling code +351
1 Location of the Presidency of the Regional Government (37°44′N 25°40′W / 37.733°N 25.667°W / 37.733; -25.667 (Presidency of the Regional Government (Azores)))
2 Location of the Supreme Court (38°39′N 27°13′W / 38.65°N 27.217°W / 38.65; -27.217 (Supreme Court (Azores)))
3 Location of the Legislative Assembly (38°32′N 28°38′W / 38.533°N 28.633°W / 38.533; -28.633 (Legislative Assembly (Azores)))
4 Prior to 2002: Portuguese escudo
.The Azores (pronounced "AY-zorz" or "uh-ZORZ"; Portuguese: Açores; Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈsoɾɨʃ]) is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,500 km (930 mi) from Lisbon and about 3,900 km (2,400 mi) from the east coast of North America.^ Situated about 1,000 miles from the European coast and about 2,000 miles from North America, the Azores consists of nine unique islands divided into three groups: * the eastern (So Miguel and Santa Maria) * the central (Terceira, Graciosa, So Jorge, Pico and Faial) * the western (Corvo and Flores).
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^ I would love to have some of my questions answered about the Azores (my friend is not good at replying).
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^ Sperm whale tail fluke (Physeter macrocephalus) Azores, Atlantic Ocean .
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.The Monchique Islet on Flores Island, located at 31° 16' 24" W is regarded as the westernmost point in Europe, even though from a geological standpoint the two westernmost Azorean islands (Flores and Corvo) actually lie on the North American plate.^ Even though i wasn't born there i still have a great passion for the island.
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^ They exist at the very spot that the tectonic plates for Europe, Africa and North America meet.
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The current Azores' main industries are tourism, cattle raising for milk and meat, and fishing.
The nine major Azorean islands and the eight small Formigas extend for more than 600 km (373 mi) and lie in a northwest-southeast direction. The vast extent of the islands defines an immense exclusive economic zone of 1,100,000 km2 (420,000 sq mi). The westernmost point of this area is 3,380 km (2,100 mi) from the North American continent. All of the islands have volcanic origins, although Santa Maria also has some reef contribution. .Mount Pico on Pico Island, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft) in altitude, is the highest in all of Portugal.^ Portugal, The Azores, View From Faial Island To Pico .
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The Azores are actually the tops of some of the tallest mountains on the planet, as measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean. .The archipelago forms the Autonomous Region of Azores, one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal.^ The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, are unlike anywhere else on earth.
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In 1877, Samuel Clemens, who found fame under his moniker, Mark Twain wrote of the Azores, as follows:
I think the Azores must be very little known in America. .Out of our whole ship’s company there was not a solitary individual who knew anything whatever about them.^ If there is anything marked with red text , it indicates new information about a person's origin or something not in the original text, either discovered by me or one of the visitors to these pages.
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.Some of the party, well read concerning most other lands, had no other information about the Azores than that they were a group of nine or ten small islands far out in the Atlantic, something more than halfway between New York and Gibraltar.^ We have no other information on my grandmother.
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^ I would like to find out what island they were from, my greatgrandmother maiden name we believe it is Suash (not sure of spelling), would like to trace the family back to the Azore Islands and know what their parents names were.
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^ Trying to locate information of unknown family in the Azores or Madeira Islands.
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That was all.
Because these once uninhabited, remote islands were settled sporadically over a span of two centuries, their culture, dialect, cuisine and traditions vary considerably from island to island. Farming and fishing are key industries that support the Azorean economy.

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History

Exploration and "Re-Discovery"

Example of a 16th-Century map of the Azores.
.The discovery and settlement of the Azores archipelago, much like the islands of Madeira, is one of the more controversial aspects of the Portuguese Age of Discovery.^ Would like to find village and island where they originated and thus, more documents and family history.
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^ Trying to locate information of unknown family in the Azores or Madeira Islands.
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^ Below you can see the map of the Azores archipelago and the islands that comprise it.
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.In addition to many theories, myths and stories written about the Azores there have been various Genovese and Catalan maps produced since 1351 that identified islands in the Atlantic.^ Since our Portugal - Azores Phone Cards are Prepaid Phone Cards, there is no commitment or contract to sign.
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^ The story is, that she went back to the Azores and maybe died there in the 40's.
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^ It has been about 7 years since we last went back, and these pics take me there for a moment.
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.Some chroniclers note that sailors knew of the islands, and visited them during return voyages from the Canary Islands (about 1340-1345), during the reign of King Afonso IV. In "A History of the Azores" by Thomas Ashe written in 1813[1] the author identified a Flem, Joshua Vander Berg of Bruges, who made land in the archipelago during a storm on his way to Lisbon.^ Ferries link some of the islands of the Azores during the summer period.
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^ AZORES), who came over on a whaling boat (possibly landing in Northern California) from Azores.
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^ I want to know more about our early family gneaology from the Azore Island, or relatives such as Dayne Taylor Boring of Colorado.
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[1] Ashe then claimed that the Portuguese explored the area and claimed it for Portugal shortly after.[1] .Other stories note the discovery of the first islands (São Miguel, Santa Maria and Terceira) were made by sailors in the service of Infante D. Henrique, although there are few written documents to support the facts.^ Situated about 1,000 miles from the European coast and about 2,000 miles from North America, the Azores consists of nine unique islands divided into three groups: * the eastern (So Miguel and Santa Maria) * the central (Terceira, Graciosa, So Jorge, Pico and Faial) * the western (Corvo and Flores).
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^ I know there are a few other DeFrates in the US, but I'm not sure if were are related.
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^ Although I was born in Winnipeg, my family is from Santa Barbara and we still have a house there.
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Supporting the official history of the islands are latter day writings, based on oral tradition, that appeared in the first half of the 15th Century. .Legends and myths also developed during pre-official history to include myths of about Prestor John, the "Ilhas Afortunadas" (the Fortunate Islands), the "Ilhas Azuis" (the Blue Islands), the "Ilhas Cassitérides" (the islands of Tin and Silver) or "Ilhas de Sete Cidades" (the islands of the Seven Cities), all noting the knowledge of undiscovered lands in the middle of the Atlantic.^ Nunca fez meno de saber qual a ilha ou cidade.
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Officially, the first islands were "discovered" in the fourteenth century by Gonçalo Velho Cabral a Captain in the service of Infante D. Henrique.
Although it is commonly said that the archipelago received its name for the goshawk (Açor in Portuguese) due to its being a common bird at the time of discovery, it is unlikely that the bird nested or hunted in the islands. Some people, however, insist that the name is derived from birds, pointing to a local subspecies of the buzzard (Buteo buteo) as the animal the first explorers erroneously identified as goshawks. .The name may also derive from the word azor, meaning blue in common folks' Portuguese and used by those sailors who identified the islands by their blue color as they appeared in the distance by sea.^ I believe the name changes for the same individual may be accounted for in the differences in spanish and portuguese...Jose Antonio de Lancaster, Josef Antonio Alencastre and Joseph Antonio Alencaster.
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^ They came from different islands, one may be Flores.
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^ Her Maiden name was ...FIELDS but I have been told there may have been a differnt spelling portuguese version.
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The word for blue in Portuguese is actually azul.

Settlement

At some point, following the discovery of Santa Maria, sheep were let loose on the island before settlement actually took place. This was done to supply the future settlers with food because there were no large animals on the island. Settlement did not take place right away, however. There was not much interest among the Portuguese people in an isolated archipelago hundreds of miles from civilization. .But patiently Cabral gathered resources and settlers for the next three years (1433–1436) and sailed to establish colonies on Santa Maria first and then later on São Miguel.^ The AORES [ Corvo ] [ Faial ] [ Flores ] [ Graciosa ] [ Pico ] [ Santa Maria ] [ So Jorge ] [ So Miguel ] [ Terceira ] .
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^ Corvo ] [ Faial ] [ Flores ] [ Graciosa ] [ Pico ] [ Santa Maria ] [ So Miguel ] [ Terceira ] .
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Brush had to be cleared and rocks removed for the planting of crops; therefore, enslaved Africans were left alone on the island of São Miguel for a while. Grain, grape vines, sugar cane, and other plants suitable for settler use and of commercial value, were planted. Domesticated animals were brought, such as, cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs. Houses were built and villages established.
The second settlers (after the slaves) were a mixed group of people from the Portuguese provinces of Algarve and Minho. Also, Madeirans, Moorish prisoners, enslaved Africans, French, Italians, Scots, English, Germans and Flemings were among the early settlers. There were petty criminals, Spanish clergy, Jews, soldiers, government officials, European merchants and sugar cane growers.
São Miguel was first settled in 1444, the settlers — mainly from the Estremadura, Alto Alentejo and Algarve areas of Portugal, under the command of Gonçalo Velho Cabral — landing at the site of modern-day Povoação. .In 1522 Vila Franca do Campo, then the capital of the island, was devastated by a landslide caused by an earthquake which killed about 5,000 people, and the capital was moved to Ponta Delgada.^ Eu nao conheco voce ,sou Manuel Cabral nesci em Vila Franca do Campo ,estou no Canada a quase 9 anos .
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^ I was born and raised in Vila Franca do Campo/ Sao Miguel It's been almost Twenty years since I left, I am due to go back any day now.
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^ I was born and raised in Vila Franca do Campo, currently living in British Columbia for the last 20 years, and when I saw these pictures my heart cried.
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The town of Vila Franca was rebuilt on the original site and today is a thriving fishing and yachting port. Ponta Delgada received its city status in 1546. Since the first settlement the pioneers applied themselves to the area of agriculture. By the 15th century Graciosa exported wheat, barley, wine and brandy. The goods were sent to Terceira largely due to the proximity of the island.
During the 18th and 19th century, Graciosa was host to many prominent figures including Chateaubriand, the French writer who passed through upon his escape to America during the French revolution; Almeida Garrett, the great Portuguese poet who visited an uncle and wrote some poetry while there; and Prince Albert of Monaco the famous 19th century oceanographer who led several expeditions in the waters of the Azores. He arrived on his yacht “Hirondelle”, and visited the “furna da caldeira”, the famous hot springs grotto.
.The first reference to the island of São Jorge was made in 1439 but the actual date of discovery is unknown.^ Jean Holland , (no address submitted) Email: jeanray@inreach.com Date submitted: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 Island: unknown Family name: Bernardo Comments: Family first settled in New York, traveled to California.
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In 1443 the island was already inhabited but active settlement only began with the arrival of the noble Flemish native Wilhelm Van der Haegen. Arriving at Topo, where he lived and died, he became known as Guilherme da Silveira to the islanders. João Vaz Corte-Real received the captaincy of the island in 1483. Velas became a town before the end of the 15th century. .By 1490, there were 2,000 Flemings living in the islands of Terceira, Pico, Faial, São Jorge, and Flores.^ The AORES [ Corvo ] [ Faial ] [ Flores ] [ Graciosa ] [ Pico ] [ Santa Maria ] [ So Jorge ] [ So Miguel ] [ Terceira ] .
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^ Corvo ] [ Faial ] [ Flores ] [ Graciosa ] [ Pico ] [ Santa Maria ] [ So Miguel ] [ Terceira ] .
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.Because there was such a large Flemish settlement, the Azores became known as the Flemish Islands or the Isles of Flanders.^ It is known that her parents did come from the Azores I have the hand made truck that carried there belongings with them.
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^ Azores page (when the island is not known yet): [Azores] .
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Prince Henry the Navigator was responsible for this settlement. His sister, Isabel, was married to Duke Philip of Burgundy of which Flanders was a part. There was a revolt against Philip's rule and disease and hunger became rampant. Isabel appealed to Henry to allow some of the unruly Flemings to settle in the Azores. He granted this and supplied them with the necessary transportation and goods.
The settlement of the then-unoccupied islands started in 1439 with people mainly from the continental provinces of Algarve and Alentejo. In 1583, Philip II of Spain, as king of Portugal, sent his fleet to clear the Azores of a combined multinational force of adventurers, mercenaries, volunteers and soldiers who were attempting to establish the Azores as a staging post for a rival pretender to the Portuguese throne. Following the success of his fleet at the Battle of Ponta Delgada, the captured enemies were hanged from yardarms, as they were considered pirates by Philip II. (This was added to the "Black Legend" by his enemies.) An English expedition against the Azores in 1597, the Islands Voyage, also failed. Spain held the Azores in what is called The Babylonian captivity of 1580-1642.

Iberian Union

The Azores were the last part of the Portuguese empire to resist Philip's reign over Portugal (Macau resisted any official recognition) and were returned to Portuguese control with the end of the Iberian Union in 1640, not by the professional military, who were used in the Restoration War in the mainland, but by local people attacking a fortified Castilian garrison (guarnición).
Pico viewed from Faial.

Liberal Wars

The Portuguese Civil War (1828–1834) had strong repercussions in the Azores. In 1829, in Vila da Praia, the liberals won over the absolutists, making Terceira Island the main headquarters of the new Portuguese regime and also where the Council of Regency (Conselho de Regência) of Mary II of Portugal was established.
Beginning in 1868, Portugal issued its stamps overprinted with "AÇORES" for use in the islands. Between 1892 and 1906, it also issued separate stamps for the three administrative districts of the time.
From 1836 to 1976, the archipelago was divided into three districts, equivalent (except in area) to those in the Portuguese mainland. The division was arbitrary, and did not follow the natural island groups, rather reflecting the location of each district capital on the three main cities (none of which were on the western group).
  • Angra do Heroísmo consisted of Terceira, São Jorge, and Graciosa, with the capital at Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira.
  • Horta consisted of Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo, with the capital at Horta on Faial.
  • Ponta Delgada consisted of São Miguel and Santa Maria, with the capital at Ponta Delgada on São Miguel.
.In 1943, during the Second World War, The Portuguese dictator, António de Oliveira Salazar, leased bases in the Azores to the British, despite his previous collaboration with Germany.^ National Geographic Traveler magazine recently polled readers/travelers as to the top unspoiled islands of the world and the Azores rated second behind the Faroe Islands.
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[2] This was a key turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic, allowing the Allies to provide aerial coverage in the middle of the Atlantic. This helped them to hunt U-boats and protect convoys.
In 1944, American forces constructed a small and short-lived air base on the island of Santa Maria. In 1945, a new base was constructed on the island of Terceira and is currently known as Lajes Field. This base is in an area called Lajes, a broad, flat sea terrace that had been a farm. Lajes Field is a plateau rising out of the sea on the northeast corner of the island. This Air Force base is a joint American and Portuguese venture. Lajes Field continues to support United States and Portuguese military operations. During the Cold War, the United States Navy P-3 Orion anti-submarine squadrons patrolled the North Atlantic for Soviet submarines and surface spy vessels. Since its inception, Lajes Field has been used for refuelling aircraft bound for Europe, and more recently, the Middle East. The United States Army operates a small fleet of military ships in the harbour of Praia da Vitória, three kilometres (2 mi) southeast of Lajes Field. .The airfield also has a small commercial terminal handling scheduled and chartered passenger flights from other islands in the archipelago, Europe, and North America.^ They exist at the very spot that the tectonic plates for Europe, Africa and North America meet.
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.In 1976, the Azores became the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Região Autónoma dos Açores), one of the Autonomous regions of Portugal, and the Azorean districts were suppressed.^ The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, are unlike anywhere else on earth.
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Geography

Physical geography

Lagoa das Sete Cidades
Island Area (km2.) Area (sq.mi.)
São Miguel Island 759 km2 293 sq mi
Pico Island 446 km2 172 sq mi
Terceira Island 403 km2 156 sq mi
São Jorge Island 246 km2 95 sq mi
Faial Island 173 km2 67 sq mi
Flores Island 143 km2 55 sq mi
Santa Maria Island 97 km2 37 sq mi
Graciosa Island 62 km2 24 sq mi
Corvo Island 17 km2 7 sq mi
The archipelago is spread out in the area between 37° N and the parallels of latitude that pass through the Lisbon area (39° 43' / 39° 55' N), giving it a tepid, oceanic, subtropical climate, with mild annual oscillations. The average annual rainfall increases from east to west, and it ranges from 700 to 1600 annual millimetres (27.6–63 in) on average, reaching 6,300 millimetres (250 in) on Mount Pico,[3] the highest Portuguese mountain at 2,351 m/7,713 ft. .The Azores high, an area of high atmospheric pressure, is named after the islands.^ The weather conditions described above are relevant to the coastal, low-lying areas of the Azores such as Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel, or Madalena on Pico Island .

^ High levels of rainfall and a susceptibility to hurricanes makes the Azores sound like Caribbean Islands .

^ Frank Pereira Rosa last name is deRosa he was from Azore Island, Portugal.
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The Formigas (the Portuguese word for "ants") islands (also known as Dollabarat Reefs) have rich maritime fauna, including exotic species such as the black coral and manta rays, sharks, and sea turtles.
The archipelago lies in the Palearctic ecozone, forming a unique biome that includes the macaronesian subtropical laurissilva, with many endemic species of plants. Even though the Azores look very green and sometimes wild, the vegetation has been extremely altered. Most of the original laurisilva has been wiped out for its valuable wood (for tools, buildings, boats, fire wood, etc) and to clear land for agriculture. Many cultivated places (which are traditionally dedicated to pasture or to growing colocasia, potatoes, maize and other crops) have now been abandoned, especially as a result of emigration. Consequently, some invasive plants have filled these deserted and disturbed lands. The two most common of these exotic species are Pittosporum undulatum and Acacia melanoxylon. They are usually restricted to ancient agricultural land and, fortunately, only rarely penetrate into undisturbed native vegetation. The main loss is in the lowlands (below 400 metres), where virtually all laurisilva was eradicated.
A few Persea indica and Picconia azorica still survive in some places, but appear to be extremely vulnerable. Only Myrica faya seems to have survived human impact quite well, and it is commonly found in hedges or among exotic trees. More recent introductions could become a serious threat, like Leptospermum scoparium which has the ability to colonize the still nearly untouched medium-altitude vegetation (Ilex, Myrsine africana, Erica, etc).
Hydrangeas are another potential pest, but their threat is less serious. Notwithstanding the fact that Hydrangeas were introduced from America or Asia, some locals consider them to be a symbol of the archipelago and propagate them along roadsides, helping them to escape into the wild. Cryptomeria, the Japanese cedar, is a conifer extensively grown for its timber; many seedlings can be found in the last remnants of medium-altitude native vegetation.
The Azores only endemic bird species is the Azores Bullfinch, or Priolo, which is restricted to remnant laurisilva forest in the mountains at the eastern end of São Miguel. It is listed as critically endangered. The Azores also has an endemic bat, the Azores Noctule, which is unusual in regularly feeding during the day.
The nine islands have a total area of 2,346 km2 (906 sq mi). Their individual areas range between São Miguel's 759 km2 (293 sq mi) and Corvo's17 km2 (7 sq mi). .Three islands (São Miguel, Pico and Terceira) are larger than Malta (composed of three islands), São Miguel Island alone being twice as large.^ Situated about 1,000 miles from the European coast and about 2,000 miles from North America, the Azores consists of nine unique islands divided into three groups: * the eastern (So Miguel and Santa Maria) * the central (Terceira, Graciosa, So Jorge, Pico and Faial) * the western (Corvo and Flores).
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^ I live in California and was born in Terceira but visited Sao Miguel 3 times its a beautiful island.
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^ The AORES [ Corvo ] [ Faial ] [ Flores ] [ Graciosa ] [ Pico ] [ Santa Maria ] [ So Jorge ] [ So Miguel ] [ Terceira ] .
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The nine islands are divided into three groups:
.The islands are located atop an active triple junction between three large tectonic plates: the North American Plate, the Eurasian Plate and the African Plate.^ They exist at the very spot that the tectonic plates for Europe, Africa and North America meet.
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Volcanism associated with the formation of the islands arises from the fact that the Azores Triple Junction involves rifting, a process whereby the crust is spreading along three ridge legs radiating out from the triple junction. The volcanism is also related to the Azores hotspot. The islands began forming during the Tertiary period. .Pico, a volcano that stands 2,351 metres (7,713 ft) high on the island of the same name, has the highest altitude in the Azores and all of Portugal.^ All we know is that he said he was from the Azores Islands.
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^ He was a mariner born ca 1835, birthplace has been variously listed as Azores, Western Islands and simply Portugal.
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^ Frank Pereira Rosa last name is deRosa he was from Azore Island, Portugal.
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.The last volcano to erupt was the Capelinhos Volcano (Vulcão dos Capelinhos) in 1957, in the western part of Faial Island, increasing the size of the island by 2.4 km, but it's estimated that the great part of it will be washed away in next 20 years.^ I'm from the Azores that' a beautiful island ,the last time i was there it was 3 years ago I was also from Pilar Bretanha .since them they add the new City Gates .
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^ I was born and raised in Vila Franca do Campo, currently living in British Columbia for the last 20 years, and when I saw these pictures my heart cried.
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.Santa Maria Island is the oldest Azorean island, formed 4.8 million years ago, and is the only island in the Azores with an abundance of sediments where marine fossils have been discovered.^ He was a mariner born ca 1835, birthplace has been variously listed as Azores, Western Islands and simply Portugal.
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The Gruta das Torres, Algar do Carvão, Gruta do Natal, Gruta das Cinco Ribeiras are some of the many caves of the Azores.

Climate

Owing to its position, the archipelago generally has a tepid, oceanic, subtropical climate, with mild annual oscillations (temperatures usually range between 16º and 24°C). The average annual rainfall increases from east to west, and it ranges from 700 to 1600 annual millimetres (27.6–63 in) on average, reaching 6,300 millimetres (250 in) on Mount Pico,[3] the highest Portuguese mountain at 2,351 m/7,713 ft. .The Azores high, an area of high atmospheric pressure, is named after the islands.^ The weather conditions described above are relevant to the coastal, low-lying areas of the Azores such as Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel, or Madalena on Pico Island .

^ High levels of rainfall and a susceptibility to hurricanes makes the Azores sound like Caribbean Islands .

^ Frank Pereira Rosa last name is deRosa he was from Azore Island, Portugal.
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Climate data for the Archipelago of the Azores (1971-2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 16.0
(61)
15.8
(60)
16.3
(61)
17.1
(63)
18.6
(65)
20.9
(70)
23.6
(74)
24.8
(77)
23.8
(75)
21.2
(70)
18.8
(66)
17.0
(63)
19.49
(67)
Average low °C (°F) 11.5
(53)
11.1
(52)
11.6
(53)
12.1
(54)
13.4
(56)
15.5
(60)
17.7
(64)
18.7
(66)
18.1
(65)
16.1
(61)
14.1
(57)
12.6
(55)
14.38
(58)
Precipitation cm (inches) 11.17
(4.4)
10.86
(4.3)
9.96
(3.9)
8.52
(3.4)
5.96
(2.3)
4.85
(1.9)
3.26
(1.3)
5.69
(2.2)
9.63
(3.8)
12.4
(4.9)
12.95
(5.1)
13.63
(5.4)
109.05
(42.9)
Source: Instituto de Meteorologia, IP Portugal[4].
In addition, the Institute of Meteorology has identified the following weather extremes:
  • Highest minimum air temperature: 24.3 °C (75.7 °F), in Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira (30/06/1996)
  • Lowest minimum air temperature: −3.5 °C (26 °F), in Chã das Lagoinhos, São Miguel (02/01/1973)
  • Highest maximum air temperature: 32.1 °C (89.8 °F), in Madalena, Pico (07/09/1985)
  • Lowest maximum air temperature: 4.0 °C (39.2 °F), Chã das Lagoinhas, São Miguel (20/02/1972)
  • Maximum precipitation in 24 hours: 27.6 cm (10.87 in), Furnas, São Miguel (03/10/1974)
  • Maximum wind speed: >168 km/hour, Angra do Heroísmo, (Terceira 02/11/1995)[5]

Human geography

Municipalities

Panoramic view near São Mateus, Terceira, June 2004
The Azores are divided into nineteen municipalities (concelhos); each municipality is further divided into parishes (freguesias), of which there is a total of 156 in all of the Azores. The municipalities, by island, are:
Island Group Municipalities
Flores Island Western Lajes das Flores and Santa Cruz das Flores
Corvo Island Western Corvo
Terceira Island Central Angra do Heroísmo and Praia da Vitória
Graciosa Island Central Santa Cruz da Graciosa
São Jorge Island Central Calheta and Velas
Pico Island Central Lajes do Pico, Madalena and São Roque do Pico
Faial Island Central Horta
Santa Maria Island Eastern Vila do Porto
São Miguel Island Eastern Lagoa, Nordeste, Ponta Delgada, Povoação, Ribeira Grande, and Vila Franca do Campo

Cities

.There are five cities in the Azores: Ponta Delgada and Ribeira Grande on São Miguel Island; Angra do Heroísmo and Praia da Vitória on the island of Terceira, and Horta on the island of Faial.^ Situated about 1,000 miles from the European coast and about 2,000 miles from North America, the Azores consists of nine unique islands divided into three groups: * the eastern (So Miguel and Santa Maria) * the central (Terceira, Graciosa, So Jorge, Pico and Faial) * the western (Corvo and Flores).
  • Sao Miguel Azores Photo Gallery by Tony Botelho at pbase.com 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.pbase.com [Source type: General]

^ Eu nasci nas Amoreiras Bretanha e o meu marido nasceu em Ponta Delgada mas e filho da Candelaria.
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^ Lovely photos-my brother& Iwere there last spring .I was in Ponta Delgada for the festival of Espirito Santo.
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Three of these Ponta Delgada, Angra and Horta are considered capital cities in the regional government, homes to the President (Ponta Delgada), the Judiciary (Angra) and the Regional Assembly (Horta).

Demographics

On 31 December 2002, the Azores' population was 238,767 at a density of 106 inhabitants per square kilometer (274.5/sq mi).
Island Population (2002) Main
city/town
Municipalities
(% of total)
São Miguel Island 130,154 54.50 Ponta Delgada 6
Terceira Island 54,996 23.00 Angra do Heroísmo 2
Faial Island 14,934 6.25 Horta 1
Pico Island 14,579 6.11 São Roque do Pico 3
São Jorge Island 9,522 3.99 Velas 2
Santa Maria Island 5,490 2.30 Vila do Porto 1
Graciosa Island 4,708 1.97 Santa Cruz da Graciosa 1
Flores Island 3,949 1.65 Santa Cruz das Flores 2
Corvo Island 435 0.18 Vila do Corvo 1
Total 238,767 Total 19

Population

The vast majority of the inhabitants of the Azores are Portuguese, descendants of 15th century immigrants from Algarve and from Minho, with a minor Dutch admixture (particularly from Flanders). .The nature of the economy dictated that African slavery never became common in the Azores because they were sent to Brazil and the Caribbean, only a few remained in the Azores to help with domestic chores, although the islands sometimes served as a waypoint for ships carrying African slaves.^ He sailed for the U.S., and landed in California sometime around 1883, although this is only an estimate.
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^ We are not sure if Manuel and Augusta were born in the Hawaiian Islands, or if they were born in the Azores.
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^ I'm from the Azores that' a beautiful island ,the last time i was there it was 3 years ago I was also from Pilar Bretanha .since them they add the new City Gates .
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[6]
.Since the 17th century, many Azoreans have emigrated, mainly to Brazil, the United States and Canada.^ Not sure when he emigrated to the United States, but located in Massachusetts.
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[7] .Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, especially the cities of New Bedford, West Warwick, River Point, and Fall River have been, and continue to be the primary destination for Azorean emigrants.^ They settled in Dighton, MA. They also resided in Taunton, New Bedford, Fall River, MA. and Hollywood, FL. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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^ He married her in the Azores (I think) Then took her to Massachusetts, either to Fall River or New Bedford.
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[8] .Northern California was the final destination for many of the Massachusetts immigrants who then moved on to the San Joaquin Valley.^ He was born in the 1800s and resided in the San Joaquin Valley of California, before moving to Livermore.
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^ AZORES), who came over on a whaling boat (possibly landing in Northern California) from Azores.
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In 1919, there were approximately 300,000 people in the Azores while there were 100,000 Azoreans in the United States.[9] Many Azoreans also moved to Bermuda and pre-U.S. Hawaii. From 1961 to 1977, about 150,000 Azoreans immigrated to the United States.[10]
.Florianópolis and Porto Alegre in the Southern Region of Brazil were founded by Azoreans, who accounted for over half of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina's population in the late 18th century.^ Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, CEP: 90570-080 Email: antoniod@via-rs.com.br Date submitted: before 1998 Island & village: (unknown) Surname: Dutra.
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^ Srgio de Borja , Rua Conde D'Eu n8 apt.204, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, CEP: 90620 020 Email: borja@pro.via-rs.com.br Date submitted: before 1998 Region: Aores Island & village: (unknown) Surname: Borja (maybe the original was Borges).
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[11]
Traditional festivals from May through September Holy Ghost Festivals, or Espírito Santo Festivals, are very important to the Azorean people, who are mainly Roman Catholic. The festivals are rooted in medieval traditions and typically held on all the islands from May to September, including lively parades and large feasts. As part of the tradition, soup and bread are handed out to revelers during these events. On Terceira and other islands, decorative houses called Imperios are the staging points for the feeding of the masses.
May marks the Festival of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres (Lord Holy Christ of Miracles) in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel. The largest religious event in the Azores is the Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo, which takes place on the fifth Sunday after Easter. Pilgrims from all over the world unite to parade behind the image of Christ on a three-hour procession along the flower-decorated streets of the city. The Sanjoaninas Festivities in Angra do Heroísmo in Terceira are held in June honoring S. Antonio, S. Pedro and St. João, in a large religious celebration. The traditional bullfights in the bullring are ongoing, as is the running of bulls in the streets. The festival of Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, (Our Lady of Lourdes), patron saint to the whalers, begins in Lajes on Pico on the last Sunday the August and runs through the week—Whalers Week. It is marked by social and cultural events connected to the tradition of whale hunting. The Festa das Vindimas, (Wine Harvest Festival), takes place during the first week of September and is a century old custom ways by the people of Pico.
In Corvo the people celebrate their patron saint Nossa Senhora dos Milagres, (Our Lady of Miracles), on August 15 every year in addition to the festivals of the Divine Holy Spirit. The Festival da Maré de Agosto (August Sea Festival), takes place every year beginning on 15 August in Praia Formosa on Santa Maria. And, the Semana do Mar (Sea Week), dedicated almost exclusively to water sports, takes place in August in the city of Horta, on Faial.
Carnaval is also celebrated in the Azores. Parades and pageants are the heart of the Carnaval festivities. .There is lively music, colorful costumes, hand-made masks, and floats.^ It is known that her parents did come from the Azores I have the hand made truck that carried there belongings with them.
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Population genetics
.As in continental Portugal, the most frequent mtDNA haplogroup in the Azores is H (45.2%), followed by U (16.7%), T (10.1%), K (6.5%), pre-HV clades (5.6%) and a smaller sub-Saharan L haplogroups frequency (3.4%) than in Madeira as the number of sub-Saharan slaves in the Açores never reached the proportions that took place in Madeira.^ The ship sailed from the following ports in portugal Lisbon and Algiers Ports, he also could be from Terceira or the Azores.
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[12]
Concerning the males Y-Dna haplogroups, R1b (particularly R1b3) was found to be the most dominant Y chromosomal lineage in the Azores, covering about 60% of the Y chromosomal lineages. The high frequency of this haplogroup is typical in all West European populations, reflecting a cline and likely continuity of the Paleolithic gene pool in Europe. Haplogroups I and G, also characteristic markers for many different West European populations, were found in the Azores at frequencies above 5%. Together with R1b, haplogroups J (13%) and E1b1b (9%) comprise about 80% of the Y-chromosomal gene pool in the Azores. Haplogroups J and E1b1b consist of lineages with differential distribution within Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The typical berber haplogroup E1b1b (M81) was found like in continental Portugal at a frequency of 5-6%.[13]

Politics

Since becoming a Portuguese autonomous region, the executive branch of the regional authority has been located in Ponta Delgada, the legislative branch in Horta, and the judicial branch in Angra do Heroísmo. The current president of the regional government is Carlos César.
Azorean politics are dominated by the two largest Portuguese political parties, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Socialist Party (PS), the latter holding a majority in the Regional Legislative Assembly. The Democratic and Social Center / People's Party (CDS/PP), the Left Bloc (BE), the Unitarian Democratic Coalition (CDU) and the People's Monarchist Party (PPM) are also represented in the local parliament. Even though the PS dominates the administrative scene, the PSD is usually more popular in city and town council elections.

Airports

Each of the nine biggest islands has its own airport:[14]

Time zone

The Azores are located in the UTC-1 N time zone (Cape Verde Time, CVT). However, the Azores observe daylight saving time, while Cape Verde does not. The Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) offset is -0100 (CVT/CVST) / 0000 (CVDT). The relevant coordinates are +3744−02540.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Ashe, Thomas (1813). History of the Azores, or. Western islands. Oxford University. 
  2. ^ "The Role of Portugal -co-opting Nazi Gold, Jonathan Petropoulos, "Dimensions", Vol 11, No 1, 1997". Adl.org. http://www.adl.org/Braun/dim_14_1_neutrality_europe.asp. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Climate of the Azores islands". Azores Weather. http://www.azoresweather.com. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Normais Climatológicas (1971-2000)". http://www.meteo.pt. 
  5. ^ Maximum wind speed recorded during Hurricane Tanya (1995), Institute of Meteorology, IP Portugal [1]
  6. ^ Melvin Eugene Page and Penny M. Sonnenburg. "Colonialism: An International, Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia". http://books.google.com/books?id=qFTHBoRvQbsC&pg=PA42&lpg=PA42&dq=azores+slavery&source=web&ots=ZXqXeypRtj&sig=q6bUaDszPeMXjjn6V2AdbKcYhTY&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA42,M1. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Azores Islands". Library.csustan.edu. 1997-01-17.. http://library.csustan.edu/bsantos/azores.html. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  8. ^ By: Lurdes C. da Silva 08/22/2008 (2008-08-22). "Mass.- Azores links inked". O Jornal. http://www.ojornal.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20087125&BRD=2677&PAG=461&dept_id=543384&rfi=6. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  9. ^ "Azorean Migration". Library.csustan.edu. 1997-01-17.
  10. ^ "Azorean Immigration into the United States". Library.csustan.edu.
  11. ^ Imigrantes: Açorianos
  12. ^ Mitochondrial portraits of the Azores and Açores archipelagos witness different genetic pools of its settlers, Brehm et al. 2003
  13. ^ Y-chromosome lineages from Portugal, Madeira and Açores record elements of Sephardim and Berber ancestry, Goncalves et al. 2005
  14. ^ "Flughäfen in Portugal (PT)". Flugplaetze.org. http://www.flugplaetze.org/PT/. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 

Bibliography

  • Howells, William Dean. The Innocents Abroad, or the New Pilgrims Progress, The Atlantic Monthly, December 1869.

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The street of an Azorean village
The street of an Azorean village
.The Azores are a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean and are an autonomous region of Portugal.^ The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, are unlike anywhere else on earth.
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^ Administratively, the islands are organized as an autonomous region of Portugal.
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^ Aug 1976 Azores Autonomous Region within Portugal.

It is an ultraperiferal area of the European Union.

Regions

It consists (mainly) of 9 islands:
  • Angra do Heroísmo historic capital/diocese
  • Horta legislative capital
  • Ponta Delgada -Regional administrative Capital
  • Ribeira Grande
  • Praia da Vitória

Understand

.These nine volcanic islands are situated in the northern Atlantic, about 1,500 km (950 mi) from the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula and about 3,900 km (2,400 mi) from North America.^ The island has about 9.500 inhabitants.
  • eBay Guides - Portugal - Azores 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC reviews.ebay.com [Source type: General]

^ The Azores (Açores in Portuguese) are an archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean roughly 1500 km (900 miles) west of Lisbon.
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^ Situated about 1,000 miles from the European coast and about 2,000 miles from North America, the Azores consists of nine unique islands divided into three groups: * the eastern (So Miguel and Santa Maria) * the central (Terceira, Graciosa, So Jorge, Pico and Faial) * the western (Corvo and Flores).
  • Sao Miguel Azores Photo Gallery by Tony Botelho at pbase.com 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.pbase.com [Source type: General]

.Seismic activity, though rare, still occurs on occasion.^ Seismic activity is rare but can be devastating.
  • Portugal Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

Climate

.The Azores islands have a subtropical climate with high humidity and often experience fluctuations in weather patterns.^ The humidity is on some islands some high.
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^ AZORES HIGH A semi-permanent , subtropical area of high pressure in the North Atlantic Ocean that migrates east and west with varying central pressure .
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^ Climate: The weather in the Azores is mild and quite changeable.

Talk

.The official language in Azores is Portuguese.^ The Portuguese language throughout the Azores is different from the mainland in tone, words, and style.

.On most of the nine islands, the variety of Portuguese spoken is very similar to standard European Portuguese.^ The Azores (Açores in Portuguese) are an archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean roughly 1500 km (900 miles) west of Lisbon.
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^ This improvisation can become a contest between singers which the Azoreans call "odesafio."156 The chamarrita is the folk dance of the Portuguese and is similar to the traditional European folk dances.

^ He is a formal, intellectual, very well spoken man with a great passion for his island, the Azores and Portuguese history.
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.The primary exception is the dialect spoken by many of the inhabitants of the largest island, Sao Miguel, where the many individuals employ a local "Micaelense" dialect [1] very unlike that found on the Portuguese mainland.^ I was in awe of Sao Miguel island!
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^ Sao Miguel Island accommodation booking .
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^ Sao Miguel Island accommodation .
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.In fact, even the people from Portugal (Mainland) find it difficult to understand them at first.^ This was first lighthouse built in the Azores; it is the traditional landfall light for ships arriving from mainland Portugal.
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.For those visiting the Azores on holiday, however, the good news is that most of the people involved with tourism speak at least enough English to be able communicate with tourists.^ Most banks have employees who speak English or French.
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^ Portuguese from the main land jokes and said, that the people from the Azores " speaks Russian."
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^ I was born in Portugal and lived there for most of my life,but never visited The island of Azores or Madeira.
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Get in

By Plane

.Main hub is Ponta Delgada(PDL)Airport.^ Ponta Delgada / Nordela Acores, Portugal (Airport) Updated: 5:00 PM AZOT on January 16, 2010 .
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Major carriers serving include
.
  • Azores Express [2] (US tel.: 800-762-9995, Portugal: 351 296 209 748) connects New England with the Azores, mainly on the Boston-Funchal route.^ Packed2Go on May 6, 09 at 12:46 PM Hi there, My guess is that Azores Express does their air route from Boston because Fall River and New Bedford have the largest Azorean population in the US. The Northshore fishing towns like Gloucester have large populations as well.
    • Just Back From The Azores - Stop Looking for Atlantis I Think I've Found It | Europe Forum | Fodor's Travel Talk Forums 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.fodors.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The fishermen of the Azores have always felt a close kinship to the New England whalers who visited their waters for generations.

    ^ Home Tours & Attractions Multi Day Tours Airport Transfers Contact Us help shopping cart sitemap Home Europe Portugal Azores Tours $ AUD .
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    .The carrier is part of the SATA Group, which connects the Azores with mainland Europe
  • SATA Azores [3] Is both an Airline and a tour operator locally based on the Azores.^ The Azores archipelago, Europe’s westernmost point and part of Portugal’s territory, is a group of nine distinct islands, lying on the same latitude as New York and Lisbon, around 1600 kilometres off the coast of Portugal.
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    ^ Home Tours & Attractions Multi Day Tours Airport Transfers Contact Us help shopping cart sitemap Home Europe Portugal Azores Tours $ AUD .
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    ^ Our main partner on this project is Whale Watch Azores, a whale watching and research group founded by our scientists and operating from Faial Island.
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    Connects Azores with major European hubs like London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris, it also has a usefull connection to Gran Canaria and serveral other European destinations.
  • TAP [4] Portugal's flag carrier, also flies on the major connections between Lisbon and Funchal

Get around

.On the bigger Islands like Sao Miguel and Terceira you will want a car.^ I was in awe of Sao Miguel island!
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^ On most of the islands you can rent a car.
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^ Short Trips The first settlment in Sao Miguel was in 1444, though of volcanic origin , it's known as "The Green Island".
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.There are car rental places on the bigger Islands, but they are rather expensive.^ I'm from the Azores that' a beautiful island ,the last time i was there it was 3 years ago I was also from Pilar Bretanha .since them they add the new City Gates .
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^ "There is great pride amongst locals in the islands and in the welcome they extend.
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^ When they were first discovered around 1427, there were no people, no animals on the islands, only birds and vegetation.
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.If plan an extended stay, some people have their car transported to the island by boat.^ I have some trip reports posted a couple of years ago that go into more detail for anyone who is planning a trip or wants to know more about the Islands.
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.These being volcanic islands, in many places the terrain is steep and rugged.^ Unfortunately, the rabbit population, in almost all the islands, has recently being decimated by an hemorrhagic virus - known as the Chinese virus or R.H.V.D.– which has killed as many as ninety percent of the rabbit colonies.
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^ But disasters are bound to happen when a volcanic environment is home for thousands of human beings.89 A warning of such calamity was signaled early in man's history on the islands.

^ Many of them have left the islands in horror after witnessing one of these catacylysmic events.

The roads wind around very steep hillsides. Cycling around the islands is possible if you are in great shape, and don't mind a lot of hill climbing.
.This is a great place for going around island to island and even town to town by boat.^ There is a bus around the island every weekday, Monday to Friday, departing at 11:45 from the bus stop near the tourist office in the center of town.
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^ Even though i wasn't born there i still have a great passion for the island.
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Almost every town is on the shore and most have ports. .On Sao Miguel, in the largest town Ponta Delgada, there is a large and modern marina.^ Ponta Delgada, the principal town, is also the largest town in the islands.
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^ Or visit Sao Miguel, the capital, staying both in the city of Ponta Delgada and in the thermal town of Furnas, then ferry across the bay to Santa Maria Island to visit its beautiful beaches.
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^ Lovely photos-my brother& Iwere there last spring .I was in Ponta Delgada for the festival of Espirito Santo.
  • Sao Miguel Azores Photo Gallery by Tony Botelho at pbase.com 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.pbase.com [Source type: General]

  • Azorean Taxitours & 500 Pictures of S.Miguel, Azores [5]

See

.Lagoa das Sete Cidades, a beautiful hour glass green and blue body of water known as a caldera northwest of Ponta Delgada.^ From the 7,700-foot peak of Pico island, to the blue and green lakes at Sete Cidades on So Miguel, the Azores offers a lush and sculptured landscape that is reminiscent of many places: The green fields and gentle hills resemble Ireland.
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^ Eu nasci nas Amoreiras Bretanha e o meu marido nasceu em Ponta Delgada mas e filho da Candelaria.
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^ Located at Ponta da Garça on the south side of the island, about 40 km (25 mi) east of Ponta Delgada.
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It is storied with myths and legends. Lagoa das Furnas, an active caldera with steam vents, mud pots and geysers, locals cook food in earth ovens available in picnic areas. .Lagoa da Fogo (Fire Like) is a beautiful caldera lake high up in the mountain and know for it's dramatic views and white sand beach.^ The scenery is stunningly beautiful with black volcanic cliffs fringed with white crashing waves, vivid green hillsides dotted with grazing cows, white washed fishing villages with terracotta roofs, pristine mountain lakes and waterfalls.
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^ The Lagoa de Fogo Lake, in S. Miguel, has been stocked with trout, carp and goldfish.
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^ The "Lagoa do Fogo" (Fire Lake).
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.At Faial Island see Horta Harbour where all sail boat stop, Faial Caldera and Capalinhos volcano Pico Vulcano São Jorge green mountains and cows that produces the famous S. Jorge cheese.^ Green fields in the interior of Faial island.
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^ Horta on Faial island.
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^ View of Pico (the largest mountain in Portugal) from Faial island.
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Itineraries

.Sao Miguel, fly to Faial from Ponta Delgada, take the boat to Pico Island, take a boat for Whale watching at Faial or Pico, climb the Pico mountain for very good shape athletes, take the channel boat to S. Jorge and then fly to Terceira Island.^ I was in awe of Sao Miguel island!
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^ Furthermore it is possible to go on whale watching excursing from Faial, Pico and Sao Miguel.
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^ Pico island is, the after S. Miguel, the second largest island in the Azores and it is 4,5 miles from Faial and 11 miles from S. Jorge.
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.In each Island the best is to rent a car (cheaper) or to hire a taxi to see around all the Islands and enjoy the views.^ On most of the islands you can rent a car.
  • General information about Azores 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.azores.dk [Source type: General]

^ It might even be cheaper, if you compare with renting a car, insurance, gasoline, tax and mileages.
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^ See all guides by this member View items for sale by this member Items from eBay sellers .
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  • Whale Watching . Every town with a Marina offers whale watching. .They take you out on small boats and often get you within ten yards of the whale.
  • Velvet Adventure Sailing, [6] Spend time sailing between the islands and exploring what each one has to offer.^ Location : The Azores consist of 9 small islands made from volcano eruptions, located in the Atlantic Ocean almost halfway between Lisbon and New York.
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    ^ Family members will often have different surnames within one household.

    ^ They came from different islands, one may be Flores.
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    .The boat moors in sheltered marinas or anchors in secluded bays.
  • Angra, a historical city, an UNESCO heritage patrimony city, in Terceira island.^ After a violent earthquaque in 1980 and the reconstruction of the city, a large portion of Angra's historical center has been classified Public Interest, and is included in the UNESCO’s list of World Patrimony since 1986.
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    ^ The municipal seat is located in "Angra do Heroísmo”, where the The "Paços do Concelho" (City Hall), a majestic construction of the 19th century, is an important example of the rich patrimony of Angra.
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    (Airport: Terceira(TER)/ Lajes / Praia da Vitoria/ Angra).

Eat

Fresh fish is very good. .There is also a large amount of cattle on the island and the local grass fed beef is very good.^ There are very good opportunities for private lodging.
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^ May 6, 09 at 12:33 PM Packed2Go - That is a very good description - I have been there fourteen times in all seasons and love the place.
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^ Maybe it's because there's a Brewery on Sao Miguel that turns out a very good brew.
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There is a "meat and potatoes" mentality when it comes to the cuisine and vegetables can sometimes be hard to come by. Sao Jorge is famous for its cheese and must be tried. .Fresh pineapple from Sao Miguel is unbelievably good.^ SAO MIGUEL ACORES YOU TAKE GOOD PICTURES THANK YOU .
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Drink

.Sagres and Super Bock are the best Portuguese beers you can find on the island.^ On all islands you will find marked trails which are easy to follow.
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^ Thank you for showing some of the best places of our Island, but you missed two, better than those that are in the pictures, I can show tham to you .
  • Sao Miguel Azores Photo Gallery by Tony Botelho at pbase.com 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.pbase.com [Source type: General]

.Especial Is the Local Azorian beer, and is very good.^ Try also the local beer " ESPECIAL ."
  • General information about Azores 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.azores.dk [Source type: General]

Stay safe

.There is very little crime in the Azores.^ There is very little furniture in the house, and the lighting is poor.

What little crime exists is mostly drug related. .There are no reports of crimes against tourists.^ Petty crime against tourists occurs.
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Get out

.Flights within other islands, plus Madeira/Funchal (FNC), Lisbon/Lisboa (LIS), Porto/Oporto (OPO).^ Domestic flights link the mainland to the islands of the Azores, as well as Madeira.
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^ Three islands, Faial, Pico and Sao Jorge are within sight of each other and make for a great triangle visit.
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.AZORES (Acores), or Western Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, belonging to the kingdom of Portugal.^ The Azores, an outline of garden-like islands on the horizons of the Atlantic ocean.
  • The Azores - information - The Azores 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.azores.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It’s the Azores, an archipelago of nine volcanic islands off the coast of Portugal.
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^ Azores Islands The Azores Islands form a unique archipelego in the Atlantic Ocean.

Pop. (1900) 256,291; area, 922 sq. m. .The Azores extend in an oblique line from N.W. to S.E., between 36° 55' and 39° 55' N., and between 25° and 31° 16' W. They are divided into three widely severed groups, rising from a depth of more than 22 m.^ The Azores extend in an oblique line from N.W. to S.E., between 36° 55' and 39° 55' N., and between 25° and 31° 16' W. They are divided into three widely severed groups, rising from a depth of more than 22 m.

^ As there's quite a few Azores islands, they're divided into groups.
  • Azores Islands, Surf Azores, San Miguel, Flights Azores, Holidays Azores 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.iknow-portugal.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The Azores are a great vacation destination, especially from North America, since they're not as far as mainland Europe, there's a good deal of English spoken there, the weather's milder and prices are more reasonable than on the mainland.
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.The south-eastern group consists of St Michael's (Sao Miguel) and St Mary (Santa Maria), with Formigas; the central, of Fayal (Faial), Pico, St George (Sao Jorge), Terceira and Graciosa; the north-western, of Flores and Corvo.^ Santa Maria e São Miguel a donataria .

^ Includes guides, panoramic views and maps of Sao Miguel, San Miguel, Terceira, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Corvo.
  • The Azores, A�ores | VR Azores - your virtual tour of the islands of the Azores 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC vrazores.com [Source type: News]

^ The islands of Corvo and Flores make up one grouping, followed to the east with the grouping of Horta, Pico, Graciosa, Terceira and Sao Jorge Island, and then further east with the islands of Sao Miguel and Santa Maria.
  • VOYAGES - Azores Small Ship Cruise that to tours the nature-rich European islands 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.alvoyages.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The nearest continental land is Cape da Roca on the Portuguese coast, which lies 830 m.^ The nearest continental land is Cape da Roca on the Portuguese coast, which lies 830 m.

^ The nearest continental land is Cape Roca , Portugal, which lies 875 miles (1,400 km) east of Santa Maria.
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.E. of St Michael's; while Cape Cantin, the nearest point on the African mainland, is more than goo m.^ E. of St Michael's; while Cape Cantin, the nearest point on the African mainland, is more than goo m.

^ He further pointed out that the Hibashi results confirmed his theory that lava caves are likely to house more rare minerals than limestone caves.
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^ On the subject of local attractions and tourist activities, Cymbron is quick to point out that they are much more accessible and wide-ranging than in the past.
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distant, and .Cape Race in Newfoundland, the nearest American headland, is more than 1000 m.^ Cape Race in Newfoundland , the nearest American headland, is more than 1000 m.

^ E. of St Michael's; while Cape Cantin, the nearest point on the African mainland, is more than goo m.

^ Azores Home Page with more than 1000 pictures made by Jos von Bernstorff, Denmark .
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.Thus the Azores are the farthest from any continent of all the island groups in the Atlantic; but they are usually regarded as belonging to Europe, as their climate and flora are European in character.^ Corvo Island is the smallest of all the Azores.

^ Corvo The Island of Corvo, Azores, is the most western spot of all of Europe.

^ Belonging to Portugal, the Azores are technically part of Europe so no visa requirements are needed for EU citizens and the currency is the Euro.

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Physical Description

.The aspect of all the islands is very similar in general characteristics, presenting an elevated and undulating outline, with little or no tableland, and rising into peaks, of which the lowest, that of Corvo, is 350 ft., and the highest that of Pico, 761 2 ft.^ The mountain of Pico on Pico Island, at 2,351 m in altitude, is the highest in all of Portugal.
  • Azores Islands (Açores) - All Portugal Accommodation - Portugal Hotels, Villas, Apartments, Reservations 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.allportugalaccommodation.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Lying on the mid-Atlantic ridge, the islands display spectacular volcanic scenery, with large blue-green crater lakes, impressive black lava sea cliffs, and, towering above them all, the highest mountain in Portugal on the island of Pico.
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^ We wish we could have seen all the islands—São Jorge, Corvo, Santa Maria, to name a few we missed.
  • An Azores Sketchbook - Articles - Travel + Leisure 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.travelandleisure.com [Source type: General]

above sea-level. .The lines of seacoast are, with few exceptions, high and precipitous, with bases of accumulated masses of fallen rock, in which open bays, or scarcely more enclosed inlets, form the harbours of the trading towns.^ The lines of seacoast are, with few exceptions, high and precipitous, with bases of accumulated masses of fallen rock, in which open bays, or scarcely more enclosed inlets, form the harbours of the trading towns.

^ It is a large crater lake at the base of a mountain, from where it is possible to see the strange rock formations and masses of flowers of Rocha dos Bordões to the west.
  • AZORES (Açores), Portugal: Islands of São Miguel, Faial, Terceira, Pico, São Jorge, Santa Maria, Graciosa, Flores, Corvo | Azores Hotels 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.golisbon.com [Source type: General]

.The volcanic character of the whole archipelago is obvious, and has been abundantly confirmed by the numerous earthquakes and eruptions which have taken place since its discovery.^ Their unstable geologic nature is indicated by numerous earthquakes and volcanic eruptions .
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^ The volcanic character of the whole archipelago is obvious, and has been abundantly confirmed by the numerous earthquakes and eruptions which have taken place since its discovery.

^ On various occasions, as in 1638, 1720, 1811 and 1867, subterranean eruptions have taken place, which have sometimes been accompanied by the appearance of temporary islands.

.Basalt and scoria are the chief erupted materials.^ Basalt and scoria are the chief erupted materials.

.Hitherto Flores, Corvo and Graciosa have been quite exempt, and Fayal has only suffered from one eruption (1672).^ Hitherto Flores, Corvo and Graciosa have been quite exempt, and Fayal has only suffered from one eruption (1672).

^ The islands of Corvo and Flores make up one grouping, followed to the east with the grouping of Horta, Pico, Graciosa, Terceira and Sao Jorge Island, and then further east with the islands of Sao Miguel and Santa Maria.
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^ (The islands, counting roughly from west to east, are Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Terceira, Sao Miguel and Santa Maria).

.The centre of activity has for the most part been St Michael's, while the neighbouring island of St Mary has altogether escaped.^ The centre of activity has for the most part been St Michael's, while the neighbouring island of St Mary has altogether escaped.

^ Of these the most remarkable was thrown up in June 1811, about half a league from the western extremity of St Michael's.

^ In 1957, the most recent volcanic eruption occurred when the Capelinhos Volcano exploded in the western part of Faial Island.
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.In 1444-1445 there was a great eruption at St Michael's, of which, however, the accounts that have been preserved exaggerate the importance.^ In 1444-1445 there was a great eruption at St Michael's, of which, however, the accounts that have been preserved exaggerate the importance.

^ There had however been many volcanic eruptions.
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^ In 1630, 1652, 1656, 1755, 1852, &c., St Michael's was visited with successive eruptions and earthquakes, several of them of great violence.

.In 1522 the town of Villa Franca, at that time the capital of the island, was buried, with all its 6000 inhabitants, during a violent convulsion.^ In 1522 the town of Villa Franca, at that time the capital of the island, was buried, with all its 6000 inhabitants, during a violent convulsion.

^ His Most Faithful Majesty is represented in the islands by a governor residing at Angra, which is regarded as the political capital; at the same time the inhabitants are on a legislative and fiscal equality with those of the Portuguese mainland, being regularly represented in the Cortes at Lisbon.
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^ As might be expected, the Azores are specially subject to earthquakes; in 1522 the city of Villa Franca, in São Miguel, was destroyed, with, it is said, 6000 of its inhabitants, by an earthquake, and another earthquake, in June, 1811, is memorable for the birth, about two miles off the coast of São Miguel, of the little island which was named Sabrina after the British warship that was present at, and reported, the phenomenon.
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.In 1572 an eruption took place in Pico; in 1580 St George was the scene of numerous outbursts; .and in 1614 a little town in Terceira was destroyed.^ In 1572 an eruption took place in Pico; in 1580 St George was the scene of numerous outbursts; .and in 1614 a little town in Terceira was destroyed.

^ The south-eastern group consists of St Michael's (Sao Miguel) and St Mary (Santa Maria), with Formigas; the central, of Fayal (Faial), Pico, St George (Sao Jorge), Terceira and Graciosa; the north-western, of Flores and Corvo.

^ The volcanic character of the whole archipelago is obvious, and has been abundantly confirmed by the numerous earthquakes and eruptions which have taken place since its discovery.

.In 1630, 1652, 1656, 1755, 1852, &c., St Michael's was visited with successive eruptions and earthquakes, several of them of great violence.^ In 1630, 1652, 1656, 1755, 1852, &c., St Michael's was visited with successive eruptions and earthquakes, several of them of great violence.

^ In 1444-1445 there was a great eruption at St Michael's, of which, however, the accounts that have been preserved exaggerate the importance.

.On various occasions, as in 1638, 1720, 1811 and 1867, subterranean eruptions have taken place, which have sometimes been accompanied by the appearance of temporary islands.^ On various occasions, as in 1638, 1720, 1811 and 1867, subterranean eruptions have taken place, which have sometimes been accompanied by the appearance of temporary islands.

^ The volcanic character of the whole archipelago is obvious, and has been abundantly confirmed by the numerous earthquakes and eruptions which have taken place since its discovery.

^ And with the islands so alive with geothermal activity, vulcanology is starting to capture the imagination of visitors, the most recent eruption having taken place just forty years ago on the spot where a new visitors’ center now exists.
  • Azores Tourism Azores Tourism stands firm - eTurboNews.com 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.eturbonews.com [Source type: News]

.Of these the most remarkable was thrown up in June 1811, about half a league from the western extremity of St Michael's.^ Of these the most remarkable was thrown up in June 1811, about half a league from the western extremity of St Michael's.

^ The centre of activity has for the most part been St Michael's, while the neighbouring island of St Mary has altogether escaped.

^ The largest and most populous of the Azores is St Michael's, which has an area of 297 sq.

It was called Sabrina by the commander of the British man-of-war of that name, who witnessed the phenomenon.

Climate

.The climate is particularly temperate, but the extremes of sensible heat and cold are increased by the humidity.^ The climate is particularly temperate, but the extremes of sensible heat and cold are increased by the humidity.

^ The climate of the islands is temperate, protected from extremes of heat and cold by the Gulf Stream.
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^ The Azores have a temperate maritime climate, agreeable temperatures and high humidity rate.
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.The range of the thermometer is from 45° Fahr., the lowest known extreme, or 48°, the ordinary lowest extreme of January, to 82°, the ordinary, or 86°, the highest known extreme of July, near the level of the sea.^ The range of the thermometer is from 45° Fahr., the lowest known extreme, or 48°, the ordinary lowest extreme of January, to 82°, the ordinary, or 86°, the highest known extreme of July, near the level of the sea.

^ Near the base and at sea level, are the "Hot Waters", small hollows filled with boiling, sulphurous water.

^ Racing Stability Level: 5 Berlengas Berlengas Berlengas » Athletes Kg Range: N/A Boat Length: 5,45 m Boat Kg Range: A1 - 30 Kg Ideal For: Touring .
  • NELO | Azores 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.nelo.eu [Source type: Academic]

.Between these two points (both taken in the shade) there is from month to month a pretty regular gradation of increase or decrease, amounting to somewhat less than four degrees.^ Between these two points (both taken in the shade) there is from month to month a pretty regular gradation of increase or decrease, amounting to somewhat less than four degrees.

^ Winter (December to March) is cooler and this is when storms occur, however January can be mild (16 degrees daytime on the less exposed islands) and a good month for walking.

^ Presentations and discussions on volcanic caves and pits were held every other day and, of course, in between there were visits to caves, calderas and other attractions of these volcanic islands of the Atlantic.
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.In winter the prevailing winds are from the northwest, west and south; in summer the most frequent are the north, north-east and east.^ In winter the prevailing winds are from the northwest, west and south; in summer the most frequent are the north, north-east and east.

^ But as luck would have it the prevailing wind changed direction, and we've now moved once again to the south side, hoping it will be calm enough for the divers to try again this afternoon.

^ Winter is the most productive period with spring and autumn almost as good, even summer still has waves despite the Azores High.
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.The weather is often extremely stormy, and the winds from the west and south-west render the navigation of the coasts very dangerous.^ The weather is often extremely stormy, and the winds from the west and south-west render the navigation of the coasts very dangerous.

^ In winter the prevailing winds are from the northwest, west and south; in summer the most frequent are the north, north-east and east.

Fauna

.The mammalia of the Azores are limited to the rabbit, weasel, ferret, rat (brown and black), mouse and bat, in addition to domestic animals.^ Nine species of mammals are recorded from the islands: mouse-eared bat ( Myotis myotis ), Azores noctule ( Nyctalus azoreum ) (an endemic bat), Norwegian rat ( Rattus norvegicus) , black rat ( R. rattus) , house mouse ( Mus musculus domesticus ), western European hedgehog ( Erinaceus europaeus ), European rabbit ( Oryctolagus cuniculus ), least weasel ( Mustela nivalis) , and ferret ( M. furo ).
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^ The most common non-domesticated animals on the Azores are birds.
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.The game includes the woodcock, red partridge (introduced in the 16th century), quail and snipe.^ The game includes the woodcock , red partridge (introduced in the 16th century), quail and snipe .

^ The culture of indigo , introduced in the 16th century, also belongs to the past.

.Owing to the damage inflicted on the crops by the multitude of blackbirds, bullfinches, chaffinches and green canaries, a reward was formerly paid for the destruction of birds in St Michael's, and it is said that over 400,000 were destroyed in several successive years between 1875 and 1885. There are valuable fisheries of tunny, mullet and bonito.^ There are valuable fisheries of tunny , mullet and bonito.

^ Owing to the damage inflicted on the crops by the multitude of blackbirds, bullfinches, chaffinches and green canaries, a reward was formerly paid for the destruction of birds in St Michael's, and it is said that over 400,000 were destroyed in several successive years between 1875 and 1885.

^ In 1630, 1652, 1656, 1755, 1852, &c., St Michael's was visited with successive eruptions and earthquakes, several of them of great violence.

.The porpoise, dolphin and whale are also common.^ Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are mammals .
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^ The porpoise , dolphin and whale are also common.

^ Unlike fish, the tail of whales, dolphins and porpoises lies in an horizontal plane and it is moved up and down rather than from side to side.
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.Whale-fishing is a profitable industry, with its headquarters at Fayal, whence the sperm-oil is exported.^ Whale-fishing is a profitable industry, with its headquarters at Fayal, whence the sperm-oil is exported.

^ Fishing, green tourism and whale watching are an important part of their economy and in the past Whaling was a major industry.

^ As whaling declined, Azoreans began to emigrate to New England to work in the fishing industry and textile mills, and they brought much of their culture with them.
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Eels are found in the rivers. .The only indigenous reptile is the lizard.^ The only indigenous reptile is the lizard .

.Fresh-water molluscs are unknown, and near the coast the marine fauna is not rich; but terrestrial molluscs abound, several species being peculiar to the Azores.^ Fresh-water molluscs are unknown, and near the coast the marine fauna is not rich; but terrestrial molluscs abound, several species being peculiar to the Azores.

^ Filed under: Marine fauna -- Azores .

^ Bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf stream the islands unique landscape, nature and rich marine life are tightly connected to their origin and geographic location.
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Flora

.The general character of the flora is decidedly European, no fewer than 400 out of the 478 species generally considered as indigenous belonging likewise to that continent, while only four are found in America, and forty are peculiar to the archipelago.^ The general character of the flora is decidedly European, no fewer than 400 out of the 478 species generally considered as indigenous belonging likewise to that continent, while only four are found in America , and forty are peculiar to the archipelago.

^ No fewer than 940,000 pineapples were exported in 1902 and 1903, going in almost equal quantities to London and Hamburg .

^ An abundant flora of European and Mediterranean origins is found, and mixed forests still cover many of the islands’ hillsides.
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.Vegetation in most of the islands is remarkably rich, especially in grasses, mosses, and ferns, heath, juniper, and a variety of shrubs.^ Sao Miguel is the largest island in the group, with the most variety of features, facilities and hotels.

.Of tall-growing trees there was, till the 19th century, an almost total lack; but the Bordeaux pine, European poplar, African palm-tree, Australian eucalyptus, chestnut, tulip-tree, elm, oak, and many others, were then successfully introduced.^ Of tall-growing trees there was, till the 19th century, an almost total lack; but the Bordeaux pine , European poplar , African palm - tree , Australian eucalyptus , chestnut , tulip-tree , elm , oak , and many others, were then successfully introduced.

^ Since the middle of the 19th Century, many British visitors have been drawn to Madeira on the advice of their doctors due to the island's mild climate.
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^ But there was another Jewish story that began in the 19th century, we were told.
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.The orange, apricot, banana, lemon, citron, Japanese medlar, and pomegranate are the common fruits, and various other varieties are more or less cultivated.^ The orange, apricot , banana , lemon , citron , Japanese medlar , and pomegranate are the common fruits, and various other varieties are more or less cultivated.

^ They have seen what has happened on the island of Madeira, and of cause on other places, which have been more or less spoiled by tourism.
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.At one time much attention was given to the growing of sugarcane, but it has now for the most part been abandoned.^ At one time much attention was given to the growing of sugarcane, but it has now for the most part been abandoned.

^ But they lived in the northern part of California at one time.
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.The culture of indigo, introduced in the 16th century, also belongs to the past.^ The culture of indigo , introduced in the 16th century, also belongs to the past.

^ The game includes the woodcock , red partridge (introduced in the 16th century), quail and snipe .

.A kind of fern (Dicksonia culcita), called by the natives cabellinho, furnishes a silky material for the stuffing of mattresses and is exported to Brazil and Portugal.^ A kind of fern ( Dicksonia culcita ), called by the natives cabellinho, furnishes a silky material for the stuffing of mattresses and is exported to Brazil and Portugal.

Population

.The inhabitants of the islands are mostly of Portuguese origin, with a well-marked strain of Moorish and Flemish blood.^ The inhabitants of the islands are mostly of Portuguese origin, with a well-marked strain of Moorish and Flemish blood.

^ Portuguese allow Flemish settlers on the islands which become known as the "Fleming Isles" ( Ilhas Flamengas ).

^ The Azoreans have made a substantial contribution to Portuguese culture and many important figures originate from the islands.

.There is a high birth-rate and a low average of infant mortality.^ There is a high birth-rate and a low average of infant mortality.

^ Surfaces with high albedo include sand and snow , while low albedo rates include forests and freshly turned earth.
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.A large proportion of the poorer classes, especially among the older men and women, are totally illiterate, but education tends to spread more rapidly than in Portugal itself, owing to the custom of sending children to the United States, where they are taught in the state schools.^ All children are taught English in school.
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^ A large proportion of the poorer classes, especially among the older men and women, are totally illiterate, but education tends to spread more rapidly than in Portugal itself, owing to the custom of sending children to the United States , where they are taught in the state schools.

^ Textiles are imported from Portugal; coal from Great Britain ; sugar from Germany, Madeira and the United States; stationery , hardware, chemicals, paints, oils , &c., from the United Kingdom and Germany.

.Negroes, mulattoes, English, Scottish and Irish immigrants are present in considerable numbers, especially in Fayal and St Michael's.^ Negroes, mulattoes, English, Scottish and Irish immigrants are present in considerable numbers, especially in Fayal and St Michael's.

^ Ponta Delgada , the capital of St Michael's; Angra , or Angra do Heroismo, the capital of Terceira; and Horta , the capital of Fayal.

^ St Michael's and St Mary are included in the district of Ponta Delgada; Terceira, St George and Graciosa, in that of Angra; Pico, Fayal, Flores and Corvo, in that of Horta.

The total number of resident foreigners in 1900 was 1490.

Government

.The Azores are subdivided into three administrative districts named after their chief towns, i.e. Ponta Delgada, the capital of St Michael's; Angra, or Angra do Heroismo, the capital of Terceira; and Horta, the capital of Fayal.^ Azores Fayal Hotel , Horta Hotel photos .
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^ The Azores are subdivided into three administrative districts named after their chief towns, i.e.

^ Ponta Delgada , the capital of St Michael's; Angra , or Angra do Heroismo, the capital of Terceira; and Horta , the capital of Fayal.

.St Michael's and St Mary are included in the district of Ponta Delgada; Terceira, St George and Graciosa, in that of Angra; Pico, Fayal, Flores and Corvo, in that of Horta.^ Faial Island Flores Island Graciosa Island Pico Island Sao Miguel Island Terceira Island .
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^ In 1572 an eruption took place in Pico; in 1580 St George was the scene of numerous outbursts; .and in 1614 a little town in Terceira was destroyed.

^ Includes guides, panoramic views and maps of Sao Miguel, San Miguel, Terceira, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Corvo.
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.Four members are returned by Ponta Delgada to the parliament in Lisbon, while each of the other districts returns two members.^ Four members are returned by Ponta Delgada to the parliament in Lisbon , while each of the other districts returns two members.

^ I am certain that in a week or two all the trees will have leafed out and flowers will provide bright accents making Ponta Delgada a charming seaside city.

^ The city reminded me of the wonderful mosaic displays in Lisbon, and we learned that while Ponta Delgada’s designs are done in black with white accents, Lisbon’s are done in white with black accents.

.Roman Catholicism is the creed of the majority, and Angra is an episcopal see.^ Roman Catholicism is the creed of the majority, and Angra is an episcopal see.

.For purposes of military administration the islands form two commands, with their respective headquarters at Angra and Ponta Delgada.^ For purposes of military administration the islands form two commands, with their respective headquarters at Angra and Ponta Delgada.

^ The islands' chief port and capital, Ponta Delgada is on São Miguel, largest of the nine main islands.
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^ I am certain that in a week or two all the trees will have leafed out and flowers will provide bright accents making Ponta Delgada a charming seaside city.

.Besides the frequent and regular services of mails which connect the Azores with Portugal and other countries, there is a cable from Lisbon to Villa Franca do Campo, in St Michael's, and thence to Pico, Fayal, St George and Graciosa.^ Besides the frequent and regular services of mails which connect the Azores with Portugal and other countries, there is a cable from Lisbon to Villa Franca do Campo, in St Michael's, and thence to Pico, Fayal, St George and Graciosa.

^ The south-eastern group consists of St Michael's (Sao Miguel) and St Mary (Santa Maria), with Formigas; the central, of Fayal (Faial), Pico, St George (Sao Jorge), Terceira and Graciosa; the north-western, of Flores and Corvo.

^ Church Azores islands by Gaspar Avila Photography, Digital Sao Pedro ( Saint Peter) church, in the town of Vila Franca do Campo.
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.Fayal is connected with Waterville, in Ireland, by a cable laid in 1901. At Angra and Ponta Delgada there are meteorological stations.^ Fayal is connected with Waterville , in Ireland , by a cable laid in 1901.

^ There is also a bus service in Ponta Delgada.

^ At Angra and Ponta Delgada there are meteorological stations.

.The principal seaports are Angra (pop.^ The principal seaports are Angra (pop.

.1900, 10,788), Ponta Delgada (17,620), and Horta (6574).^ Horta, Angra, and Ponta Delgada harbors were in constant use by ships of all nations even during wartime.

^ St Michael's and St Mary are included in the district of Ponta Delgada; Terceira, St George and Graciosa, in that of Angra; Pico, Fayal, Flores and Corvo, in that of Horta.

^ Yachts from around the world dock in the harbors of Horta, Ponta Delgada, and Praia da Vitoria.
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Trade

.The trade of the Azores, long a Portuguese monopoly, is now to a great extent shared by the United Kingdom and Germany, and is chiefly carried in British vessels.^ The trade of the Azores, long a Portuguese monopoly , is now to a great extent shared by the United Kingdom and Germany , and is chiefly carried in British vessels.

^ Textiles are imported from Portugal; coal from Great Britain ; sugar from Germany, Madeira and the United States; stationery , hardware, chemicals, paints, oils , &c., from the United Kingdom and Germany.

^ Because of their location, the Azores soon became a center for further exploration of the North Atlantic, with Portuguese searching the shores of what are now Labrador, Greenland, and New England.
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.Textiles are imported from Portugal; coal from Great Britain; sugar from Germany, Madeira and the United States; stationery, hardware, chemicals, paints, oils, &c., from the United Kingdom and Germany.^ Textiles are imported from Portugal; coal from Great Britain ; sugar from Germany, Madeira and the United States; stationery , hardware, chemicals, paints, oils , &c., from the United Kingdom and Germany.

^ The trade of the Azores, long a Portuguese monopoly , is now to a great extent shared by the United Kingdom and Germany , and is chiefly carried in British vessels.

^ I do know that my great-grandfather came from Madeira Azores Portugal to Honolulu, Hawaii to work for pineapple fields.
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.The exports consist chiefly of fruit, wine, natural mineral waters and provisions.^ The exports consist chiefly of fruit , wine , natural mineral waters and provisions.

The trade in pineapples is especially important. .No fewer than 940,000 pineapples were exported in 1902 and 1903, going in almost equal quantities to London and Hamburg.^ Pineapple hot houses are unique to the Azores, with the island of So Miguel boasting more than 6,000.
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.The fruit is raised under glass.^ The fruit is raised under glass .

.Pottery, cotton fabrics, spirits, straw hats and tea are produced in the district of Ponta Delgada; linen and woollen goods, cheese, butter, soap, bricks and tiles, in that of Angra; baskets, mats, and various ornamental articles made from straw, osier, and the pith of dried fig-wood, in that of Horta.^ Locally produced teas are also of good quality.
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^ Sata International, offers...service year-round from Boston to various spots in the Azores ; round-trip fares to Ponta Delgada in the April off...
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^ Horta, Angra, and Ponta Delgada harbors were in constant use by ships of all nations even during wartime.

.The largest and most populous of the Azores is St Michael's, which has an area of 297 sq.^ Going up to the mountains of Sete Cidades / St. Michael's, Azores" showing small village, unused postcard with brownish paper.
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^ S. Miguel-Aores / General View of Furnas valley / St. Michael's-Azores" black-and-white post card with white border, good edges.
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^ S. Miguel-Ares / Sete Cidades Lake view from crater rim / St. Michael's-Azores."
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m., and in 1900 had 1 2 1,340 inhabitants. Graciosa (pop. 8385; area, 17 sq. m.) and .St George (16,177; 40 sq.^ St George (16,177; 40 sq.

m.) form part of the central group. .Graciosa is noteworthy for the beauty of its scenery.^ Graciosa is noteworthy for the beauty of its scenery.

.Its chief towns are Santa Cruz de Graciosa (2185) and Guadalupe (2717).^ Its chief towns are Santa Cruz de Graciosa (2185) and Guadalupe (2717).

^ The most important, lasting for two days, is at Santa Cruz, in which the town is decorated with flowers and coloured arches and there is dancing in the streets.

^ Posto de Turismo da Graciosa 9980 Santa Cruz da Graciosa Tel.: 295 712509 .
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The chief towns of St George are Ribeira Seca (2817) and Velas (2009).

History

.It does not appear that the ancient Greeks and Romans had any knowledge of the Azores, but from the number of Carthaginian coins discovered in Corvo it has been supposed that the islands must have been visited by that adventurous people.^ Additional efforts to spread the word about the beauty and charm of the Azores still need to be made before larger numbers of tourists will be attracted to the islands.
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^ Seldom will their names be found on relief rolls and even less often on the records of our criminal courts.136 Mark Twain visited the Azores and wrote about the islands and its people in his work Innocents Abroad.

^ The first of the Azores group of islands were said to be discovered in 1427 but his fact is somewhat disputed by other records.
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.The Arabian geographers, Edrisi in the 12th century, and Ibn-al-Wardi in the 1 4 th, describe, after the Canaries, nine other islands in the Western Ocean, which are in all probability the Azores.^ All we know is that he said he was from the Azores Islands.
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^ The nine islands of the Azores are: .
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^ This was in the 12th century.6 Corvo along with Flores are the two westernmost islands of the archipelago, and hence, the last inch of European soil.
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This identification is supported by various considerations. .The number of islands is the same; the climate under which they are placed by the Arabians makes them north of the Canaries; and special mention is made of the hawks or buzzards, which were sufficiently numerous at a later period to give rise to the present name (Port.^ There are 60 endemic species to the islands, but over seven hundred different plants have been cultivated there because the climate is so well suited to floristry.
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^ Additional efforts to spread the word about the beauty and charm of the Azores still need to be made before larger numbers of tourists will be attracted to the islands.
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^ Southeastern Massachusetts has been a favorite destination and, while much of the immigration, as numbers go, has taken place in the last half-century, they have been coming to Nantucket for a long time.

Agor, a hawk). The Arabian writers represent them as having been populous, and as having contained cities of some magnitude; but they state that the inhabitants had been greatly reduced by intestine warfare. .The Azores are first found distinctly marked in a map of 1351, the southern group being named the Goat Islands (Cabreras); the middle group, the Wind or Dove Islands (De Ventura sive de Columbis); and the western, the Brazil Island (De Brazi) - the word Brazil at that time being employed for any red dye-stuff.^ There was the southern group or the Goat Islands (Cabreras); there was the middle group or the Wind or Dove Islands (De Ventura Sive de Columbis); and there was the western island or the Brazil Island (De Brazil).

^ Pico Island, named after its imposing mountain and also known as the grey island due to the mountain, is often referred as the “Ilha Montanha” (Mountain Island) and belongs to the central group of islands.
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^ During underwater explorations off the island of São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores group, in 1971 Christian O'Brien found clear evidence of an underwater river bed filled with water-worn boulders.
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.In a Catalan map of the year 1375 Corvo is found as Corvi Marini, and Flores as Li Conigi; while St George is already designated San Zorze. It has been conjectured that the discoverers were Genoese, but of this there is not sufficient evidence.^ On a Catalan map of 1375, there were three Islands with the names of Corvo, Flores, and Sao Jorge.

^ Includes guides, panoramic views and maps of Sao Miguel, San Miguel, Terceira, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Corvo.
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^ There is the mystery of an equestrian statue on Corvo, and also the mystery of the Phoenician or Carthagenian coins said to have found there as well.32 Corvo along with Flores are the two westernmost islands of the archipelago, and hence, the last inch of European soil.

.It is plain, however, that the so-called Flemish discovery by van der Berg is only worthy of the name in a very secondary sense.^ Anyways, a discovery was made on Mars but was kept secret only by a very few.
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.According to the usual account, he was driven on the islands in 1 4 32, and the news excited considerable interest at the court of Lisbon.^ Location : The Azores consist of 9 small islands made from volcano eruptions, located in the Atlantic Ocean almost halfway between Lisbon and New York.
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The navigator, Gonzalo Velho Cabral - not to be confounded with his greater namesake, Pedro Alvarez Cabral - was sent to prosecute the discovery. .Another version relates that Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal had in his possession a map in which the islands were laid down, and that he sent out Cabral through confidence in its accuracy.^ The Azores were discovered in the mid-15th century by Portuguese explorers sent out by Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal to explore the then unknown seas of the North Atlantic.
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^ Gonçalo Velho Cabral , one of the explorers dispatched by Prince Henry the Navigator, spotted the Formigos rocks in 1431 and returned in 1432 to discover the Ilha de Santa Maria at this spot.
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^ Prince Henry the Navigator and the Age of Exploration Portuguese Prince Infante Dom Henrique (1394-1460), or Henry the Navigator, was exactly what the literature proclaimed him to be, the founder of modern navigation.

.The map had been presented to him by his brother, Dom Pedro, who had travelled as far as Babylon.^ Van der Hagen became captain of Flores and Corvo, and Graciosa was given to Pedro de Correia, who was Christopher Columbus' brother-in-law.

.Be this as it may, Cabral reached the island, which he named Santa Maria, in 1432, and in 1444 took possession of St Michael's.^ (The islands, counting roughly from west to east, are Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Terceira, Sao Miguel and Santa Maria).

^ Gonçalo Velho Cabral , one of the explorers dispatched by Prince Henry the Navigator, spotted the Formigos rocks in 1431 and returned in 1432 to discover the Ilha de Santa Maria at this spot.
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^ The nine main islands are São Miguel (the largest) and Santa Maria in the southeast; Terceira, Pico, Faial, São Jorge, and Graciosa in the center; and Flores and Corvo in the northwest.
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.The other islands were all discovered by 1457. Colonization had meanwhile been going on prosperously; and in 1466 Fayal was presented by Alphonso V.^ From all of the islands you can go diving.
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^ The first of the Azores group of islands were said to be discovered in 1427 but his fact is somewhat disputed by other records.
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to his aunt, Isabella, the duchess of Burgundy. .An influx of Flemish settlers followed, and the islands became known for a time as the Flemish Islands.^ Portuguese allow Flemish settlers on the islands which become known as the "Fleming Isles" ( Ilhas Flamengas ).

^ In a time when the Azores Islands were barely known to the rest of the world, the United States sent immediate aid in the form of medical help, food and supplies.

^ There were many languages, but after awhile Portuguese became the standard language of communication.49 Because of the isolated nature of the islands, and the harshness of the land, and at times, climate, all settlers, regardless of their background, had to work together to survive.

.From 1580 to 1640 they were subject, like the rest of the Portuguese kingdom, to Spain.^ From what we were able to learn beforehand, Jews had been among the original Portuguese settlers of the islands in the 15th century, and like those on the mainland, they had been forced to convert.
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^ They held the Azores in what is called The Babylonian Captivity of 1580-1642.171 The Azores were involved in the Portuguese Civil War which lasted from 1820 to 1833.

.At that time the Azores were the grand rendezvous for the fleets on their voyage home from the Indies; and hence they became a theatre of that maritime warfare which was carried on by the English under Queen Elizabeth against the Peninsular powers.^ At the time it was not easy to understand where that was because when they said Indies, it could be the West Indies or the East Indies.
  • THE AZORES 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.dartmouth.edu [Source type: Original source]

.One such expedition, which took place in 1591, led to the famous sea-fight off Flores, between the English ship " Revenge," commanded by Sir Richard Grenville, and a Spanish fleet of fifty-three vessels.^ It was in some ways separated from the seamier side of whaling, which took place at sea,” says Nantucket Historical Association chief curator Ben Simons.

^ Soon though the Azoreans rejected the authoritarian rule of the Spanish governor and were supported by 7,000 French and English troops and 70 ships.

.Under the active administration of the marquis de Pombal (1699-1782), considerable efforts were made for the improvement of the Azores, but the stupid and bigoted government which followed rather tended to destroy these benefits.^ Additional efforts to spread the word about the beauty and charm of the Azores still need to be made before larger numbers of tourists will be attracted to the islands.
  • Lajes American School - Azores, Portugal 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.laje-ehs.eu.dodea.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rather than focusing on the mass tourist market, the government of the Azores has nurtured an infrastructure to welcome the visitor who seeks a personalized and unique experience.
  • Sao Miguel Azores Photo Gallery by Tony Botelho at pbase.com 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.pbase.com [Source type: General]

.Towards the beginning of the ,9th century, the possession of the islands, was contested by the claimants for the crown of Portugal.^ Jul 1580 - 1 Dec 1640 Islands along with Portugal a Spanish possession.

.The adherents of the constitution, who supported against Miguel the rights of Maria (II.) da Gloria, obtained possession of Terceira in 1829, where they succeeded in maintaining themselves, and after various struggles, Queen Maria's authority was established over all the islands.^ Maria II against Dom Miguel.
  • Azores Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Azores 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: Academic]

^ By 1945, major airfields were established at Santa Maria and Terceira Islands.
  • Lajes American School - Azores, Portugal 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.laje-ehs.eu.dodea.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are only three international airports in the Azores: São Miguel, Terceira, and Santa Maria are serviced by Portuguese Airways (TAP) and Azorean Airways (SATA).
  • Lajes American School - Azores, Portugal 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.laje-ehs.eu.dodea.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

She resided at Angra from 1830 to 1833.
.For a general account of the islands, see The Azores, by W. F. Walker (London, 1886), and Madeira and the Canary Islands, with the Azores, by A. S. Brown (London, 1901).^ Trying to locate information of unknown family in the Azores or Madeira Islands.
  • Azores - Portuguese Genealogist Master List 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.dholmes.com [Source type: General]

^ He also worked as a horsewrangler for the Waterman drayage company in Providence, RI. He married Catherine (see under Azores, Flores, Lomba), my husband's great-grandmother, in about 1886, had six children, and died sometime after 1901.
  • Azores - Portuguese Genealogist Master List 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.dholmes.com [Source type: General]

^ Africa Albania Armenia Cyprus Faroe Islands Greece Italy Latin America Madeira Norway Portugal Romania Sicily Sweden The Azores .
  • Azores Holidays 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.azoresislands.co.uk [Source type: News]
  • Azores Holiday Offers 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.sunvil.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Sunvil - find the real country 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC sunvil-azores.com [Source type: News]

.On the fauna and flora of the islands, the following books by H. Drouet are useful: - Elements de la faune acoreenne (Paris, 1861); Mollusques marins des ales Acores (1858), Lettres acoreennes (1862), and Catalogue de la flore des ales Acores, precede de l'itineraire d'une voyage dans cet archipel (1866).^ In the Island of Flores, trout can be found at the Lake of Lomba and in the following streams: Ferreiro, Grande, Silva, Moinho, and Fazenda.
  • General information about Azores 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.azores.dk [Source type: General]

^ Festivals - Flores Island - Azores - Acores .

^ Labels: Culture , Flora , Flores Island .

The progress of Azorian commerce is best shown in the British and American consular reports. .For history, see La Conquista de las Azores en 1583, by C. Fernandez Duro (Madrid, 1886), and Histoire de la decouverte des ales Azores et de l'origine de leur denomination d'ales flamandes, by J. Mees (Ghent, 1901).^ AZORES POSTCARDS & POST CARDS AORES / AZOREN / AZZORRE / Regio Autnoma dos Aores See also Ponta Delgada postcards, Horta postcards , & Azores postal history .
  • Azerbaijan Postcards & Azores Post Cards 10 February 2010 11:49 UTC www.judnick.com [Source type: General]



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Proper noun

Singular
Azores
Plural
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Azores (plural)
  1. An island group in the Atlantic Ocean belonging to Portugal.

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Interlingua

Proper noun

le Azores pl
  1. the Azores

Spanish

Proper noun

Azores f. pl.
  1. the Azores
    Fuimos a las Azores -- We went to the Azores

Simple English

File:Satellite image of The Azores in May
Satellite image of seven of nine islands of The Azores in May 2003.

The Azores are a group of nine islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,500 km (930 mi.) from Lisbon, Portugal. The Azores are full of green land, and is surrounded by the ocean.The Azores belongs to Portugal. The largest island is called Sao Miguel, (Saint Michael).[needs proof]


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