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Funchal(fo͞onshäl`), city (1991 pop. 109,957), capital of Funchal dist., on Madeira island, Portugal. A busy port exporting wines, fish, and fruit, it is best known for its beautiful setting and balmy climate, which make it a much-frequented resort. It has a late-15th-century cathedral and a convent church containing the tomb of João Gonçalves Zarco, who founded the city in 1421. See also Madeira IslandsMadeira Islands
, archipelago (1991 pop. 257,692), 308 sq mi (798 sq km), autonomous region of Portugal, in the Atlantic Ocean c.350 mi (560 km) off Morocco. Madeira, the largest island (35 mi/56 km long and 13 mi/21 km wide), and Porto Santo are inhabited.
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the main city and port of the Portuguese island of Madeira; capital of the district of Funchal. Population, 38,300 (1970). The economy is dominated by viticulture, the sugar industry, and tourism. Funchal is a winter resort.
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the capital and chief port of the Madeira Islands, on the S coast of Madeira. Pop.: 103 962 (2001)
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