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The Madeira Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, 400 miles west of Morocco, constitute the Madeira Autonomous Region of Portugal. Comprising of the inhabited islands of Madeira and Porto Santo and the uninhabited Desertas and Selvagens. 1989 est. population of 273,200. FUNCHAL, the capital, and the largest town, is on Madeira.
Madeira is mountainous with a subtropical climate. Sugarcane and tropical fruits are grown. The island is famous for its wine, embroidery and wickerwork. It is also a popular resort. The island of Porto Santo is northeast of Madeira, and cultivates wheat, barley and grapes.
The islands were colonized in 1420 by Portuguese squires sponsored by Prince Henry the Navigator.

Description taken from:
http://www.geocities.com/papagaia2/madguide.htm

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