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Sunshine Island: The Yellow Island of Santa Maria

Santa Maria is the southernmost island in the Azores archipelago. Known as the “Yellow Island,” Santa Maria is an island recognized for its abundance of sunshine, hence the nickname. This was the first island in the Azores to be discovered and colonized by Portugal in...
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The History of the Azores Islands

The history of the Azores islands and their discovery is an interesting and often conflicted series of events that reflects on the current Azorean diaspora. The nine islands knowns as the Azores or A├žores (Portuguese) were discovered officially in the 15th century. Goncalo Velho...
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The White Sand Beaches of Santa Maria Island in the Azores

The island of Santa Maria was the first island in the Azores to be discovered and colonized and located in the archipelago’s southernmost region. Santa Maria has a lot of history that dates back to the initial ‘Age of Discovery’ in Europe. It is a critical...