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English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century, but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. The island's sugar plantation economy was converted to small farm landholdings in the mid 19th century. Much of this island was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad because of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano that began on 18 July 1995. Montserrat has endured volcanic activity since, with the last eruption occurring in July 2003.

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Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico

Geographic coordinates
16 45 N, 62 12 W

Map references
Central America and the Caribbean

total: 102 sq km
country comparison to the world: 226
land: 102 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Area - comparative
about 0.6 times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries
0 km

40 km

Maritime claims
territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm

volcanic island, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland

Elevation extremes
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: lava dome in English's Crater (in the Soufriere Hills volcanic complex) estimated at over 930 m (2006)

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