Santa Maria Island

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Santa Maria Island
Location Atlantic Ocean
Archipelago Azores Islands
Area 97.18 km2 (37.52 sq mi)
Highest elevation 590 m (1,940 ft)
Highest point Pico Alto
Autonomous Region Azores Islands
Largest settlement Vila do Porto (pop. 5,511)
Population 5,511 (2003)

The island of Santa Maria (Portuguese for Saint Mary) is an island in the southeastern part of the Azores and is the southernmost island in the Azores Islands. It was the first island in the Azores Archipelago to be discovered. The discoverer of the island was Diogo Silves during his journey to Madeira in 1427. Gonçalo Velho brought families and cattle to the island.