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), is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,360 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, about 880 km (550 mi) northwest of Madeira, about 1,925 km (1,196 mi) southeast of Newfoundland, 3,175 km (1,973 mi) to Cape Verde, about 4,121 km (2,561 mi) east of New York City and about 6,392 km (3,972 mi) northeast of Brazil.
Its main industries are agriculture, dairy farming (for cheese and butter products primarily), livestock ranching, fishing, and tourism, which is becoming the major service activity in the region.
In addition, the government of the Azores employs a large percentage of the population directly or indirectly in the service and tertiary sectors.
The main settlement of the Azores is Ponta Delgada.
There are nine major Azorean islands and an islet cluster, in three main groups.
It is unclear whether these structures are natural or man-made and whether they predate the 15th-century Portuguese colonization of the Azores.Solid confirmation of a pre-Portuguese human presence in the archipelago has not yet been published.The islands were known in the fourteenth century and parts of them appear in the Atlas Catalan.Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft).The Azores are actually some of the tallest mountains on the planet, measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean to their peaks, which thrust high above the surface of the Atlantic.