Santa Maria Island

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Santa Maria Island
Geography
LocationAtlantic Ocean
ArchipelagoAzores Islands
Area97.18 km2 (37.52 sq mi)
Highest elevation590 m (1,940 ft)
Highest pointPico Alto
Administration
Portugal
Autonomous RegionAzores Islands
Largest settlementVila do Porto (pop. 5,511)
Demographics
Population5,511 (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.