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A brief History about the Azores, Portugal
The Azores (Acores) is located 800 miles west of Portugal's mainland.  The nine islands of Corvo, Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Pico, Santa Maria, Sao Jorge, Sao Miguel, and Terceira are spread some 400 miles apart in the Altantic Ocean.  The islands are volcanic and mountainous, with peaks rising as high as almost 8000 ft.  They are subject to eruptions, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other fierce acts of nature.
 
        Since the islands were first inhabited, the main source of survival and later income, have been fishing and agriculture.  In the 19th century, the islands were a port of call for American whaling ships.  The 20th century brought transatlantic cable companies, military air bases, and meteorolgical observatories to the Azores.  Today, dairy farming and fishing are the occupations that the majority of citizens are involved in.
 
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      Many immigrants that settled in the United States and Canada return annually to their native island for festivals and to visit family members who still dwell there.  Most travelers visit the Azores to explore the green mountains, sailing, and the abundance of wild flowers.  There are no large resorts, very few beaches, and often wet climate conspire to keep mass amounts of commercial tourists from visiting the islands.  Once wild and remote, the Azores now offer visitors and residents to experience a quaint lifestyle that is both civil and unhurried.
For a timeline of historic events that shaped the Azores, please click HERE.