An island in the Atlantic Ocean; 1, 000 km from mainland Portugal
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Subtropical climate; avg. maximum temperature (July) +23°; avg. minimum temperature (January) +15°
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Madeira began to appear on the maps since 1339. Officially, it was discovered in 1419 by two captains under service to Prince Henry the Navigator, João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira. Soon first settlers inhabited the island, then the archipelago was promulgated the part of Porugal. The British occupied Madeira as a result of the Napoleonic Wars, a consented occupation starting in 1807 and concluding in 1814 when the island was returned to Portugal.
Since 19th century the island has become famous as a resort area.
On 1 July 1976, following the democratic revolution of 1974, Portugal granted political autonomy to Madeira, celebrated on Madeira Day. The region now has its own government and legislative assembly.
autonomous region of Portugal
President and Regional Government
a part of Portuguese judicial branch: Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors, the Supreme Administrative Court, and lower courts
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