National Geographic : 1935 Jan
) National Geographic Society Natural Color Photograph by Wilhelm Tobien THE AZORES WERE SETTLED NEARLY HALF A CENTURY BEFORE COLUMBUS DISCOVERED AMERICA Fortunate were the colonists when they chose this spot for Sao Miguel's first settlement. Povoagaoisinthe richest agricultural area on the most fertile and populous island of the group. In checkerboard fields, corn, an importation from America, flourishes here, as well as citrus fruits, potatoes, tobacco, jute, and pineapples. Many birds common to Europe and Africa are found on the island, probably storm-driven castaways from the mainland.