Montserrat Political Map
Montserrat is an island and British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea. It consists of one large single island, that is split by the “exclusion zone” due to volcanic activity. On September 22, 1997, the eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano destroyed the southern half of the island including its roads, capital city, and airport. As a result, more than half of the Montserrat people abandoned the island. Currently, the town of Brades (also Brades Estate) has been the de facto capital of Montserrat since 1998. But Plymouth, more a ghost town, is officially recognized as the capital. Montserrat is nicknamed the “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean” because of its resemblance to Ireland. Montserrat Island is located 40 kilometers (25 mi) southwest of Antigua, 21 kilometers (13 mi) southeast of Redonda which is part of Antigua and Barbuda, as well as 56 kilometers (35 mi) northwest of Guadeloupe.
Montserrat Satellite Map
Montserrat occupies a total area of 102 square kilometers (39 sq mi). In comparison, it’s larger than Anguilla but smaller than the British Virgin Islands. Montserrat includes several small off-shore islands, like Little Redonda to the north and Pinnacle Rock and Statue Rock to the east. The island measures approximately 16 kilometers (10 mi) in length and 11 kilometers (7 mi) in width, with approximately 40 km (25 mi) of coastline. It’s part of the Leeward Islands, within the Lesser Antilles and West Indies. Overall, the interior is mountainous with its major mountain ranges Silver Hill, Katy Hill within the Center Hills Range. At 1,050 meters (3,440 ft), Soufrière Hills volcano is the highest peak on the island in the south of Montserrat Island.