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Mahón(mäōn`), Catalan Maó, town (1990 pop. 24,383), capital and chief town of Minorca island, Baleares prov., Spain, in the W Mediterranean Sea. A port with an excellent natural harbor defended by two fortresses, it is also an important air and naval base. Mahón was named for the Carthaginian general Mago. It shared the history of MinorcaMinorca
, Span. Menorca, Spanish island (1991 pop. 65,109), 271 sq mi (702 km), Baleares prov., in the W Mediterranean Sea, the second largest of the Balearic Islands. Port Mahón is the chief city and port. The terrain is mostly low but has a hilly center.
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a city and port on the island of Menorca, in the Balearic Islands group (the Spanish province of Baleares); population, 16,600 (1960). Local industries are food, machine construction, and jewelry manufacturing.
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