Place:Madeira, Portugal

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NameMadeira
Alt namesMadeira Islandssource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
Madeira regionsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeAutonomous region
Coordinates32.75°N 17°W
Located inPortugal


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Madeira ( or  ; or ) is a Portuguese archipelago that lies between and , just under north of Tenerife, Canary Islands, in the north Atlantic Ocean and an outermost region of the European Union. The archipelago comprises the major part of one of the two Autonomous regions of Portugal (the other being the Azores located to the northwest), that includes the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Desertas, administered together with the separate archipelago of the Savage Islands.

Madeira was claimed by Portuguese sailors in the service of Infante D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator) in 1419, and settled after 1420. The archipelago is considered to be the first territorial discovery of the exploratory period of the Portuguese Age of Discovery.

Today, it is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about one million tourists, noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, as well as for its annual New Year celebrations that feature the largest fireworks show in the world, as officially recognised by the Guinness World Records, in 2006. The main harbour in Funchal is the leading Portuguese port in cruise liner dockings, being an important stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North Africa.

Madeira is currently the second richest region in Portugal, after Lisbon, with a GDP per capita of 104% of the European average.

source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


Madeira is an autonomous region. The capitol city is Funchal which houses the Cathedral (Sé) for the diocese of Funchal. Vital records will be listed by Parish, freguesia (town), concelho (county, Region, country. EG São Martinho, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. The National Administrative District of Funchal Ceased to exist when Madeira was granted status as an autonomous region. The Diocese of Funchal is an Ecclesiastical Division and should no longer be used in the civil heirarchy.

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