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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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Portugal’s Age of Discovery: The Azores Islands

The discovery of the nine islands, which became known as the Acores or Azores, was not accomplished all at once with many legends behind their existence before the Portuguese colonized them in the 1430s. The first island to be discovered was the small island of Santa Maria on the...
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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...