São Miguel Island

Portuguese  Ilha De São Miguel 
 island, largest of the Azores, in the North Atlantic Ocean, 740 miles (1,190 km) west of Cape Roca, Portugal. Up to 40 miles (65 km) long and 9 miles (15 km) wide, it has an area of 293 square miles (759 square km). The island is volcanic in origin, with peaks culminating in Vara Peak, 3,570 feet (1,105 m) above sea level. The island has been devastated by nearly a dozen earthquakes and eruptions since the 15th century.

      Now a major tourist resort, São Miguel is also a producer of fruits (especially pineapples), tea, wine, tobacco, cereals, meat, and dairy products. Its largest city, Ponta Delgada (q.v.), is the capital of the Azores autonomous region. Other important settlements are the resort centres of Furnas and Sete Cidades. Pop. (2001) 131,609.

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