Montserrat Travel Information
Montserat is a British Overseas Territory located in the Caribbean Sea, part of the Leeward Islands. The island is sometimes called the "Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" both because many of its inhabitants are of Irish descent, and because the island is said to resemble coastal Ireland.
In 1995, the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano erupted. The volcano destroyed the capital, Plymouth, and caused about two thirds of the island's population to flee abroad. Even today the eruption is continuing, albeit on a much reduced scale, and as result an exclusion zone covers much of the islands, and visitors are not allowed to enter Plymouth. At the moment, the village of Brades (which is also known as "Brades Estate") is serving as the defacto capital, and a new town, Little Bay is being constructed on the North island, out of reach of the volcano.
As of the 2006, the estimated population was 4,655. The defacto capital since 1998, Brades has a population of about 1,000.
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