São Miguel


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São Miguel

(souN mēgĕl`), island (1991 pop. 126,388), 288 sq mi (746 sq km), one of the E AzoresAzores
, Port. Açores [Port.,=hawks], islands (1991 pop. 241,592), 905 sq mi (2,344 sq km), and autonomous region of Portugal, in the Atlantic Ocean, c.900 mi (1,448 km) W of mainland Portugal.
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, in Ponta Delgada dist., Portugal. It is the largest island of the archipelago, and its principal city, Ponta DelgadaPonta Delgada
, city (1991 pop. 21,091), capital of Ponta Delgada dist., in the Azores, Portugal. An important port on São Miguel island, it is the largest city and chief commercial center of the Azores. It is also a winter resort. The Univ. of the Azores was founded there in 1976.
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, is the largest city of the islands and the district capital. The soil yields pineapples, oranges, tea, and other produce. The island's volcanic features, including a crater with a large lake, attract tourists.
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