Special Sub-Topic: Montserrat
|Of which of the following countries is Montserrat an overseas territory?|
United Kingdom. Although Christopher Columbus claimed the island for Spain in 1493, settlers from the British Isles located there in 1632. These settlers were Irish, fleeing from St. Kitts and Nevis because of anti-Roman Catholic sentiments in that country.
|How much coastline does Montserrat have?|
40km. The island is approximately 16km long and 7km wide.
|What is the official capital of Montserrat?|
Plymouth. The capital city is named after the town of Plymouth in Devon, UK.
|What is the total population of Plymouth, the de jure capital city of Montserrat?|
0. The reason why there are no people living in Plymouth is because the town was destroyed by a violent eruption of a volcano on this island, which was previously believed to be dormant. As a result, the town was destroyed by pyroclastic mud flows and abandoned. Plymouth is still the capital by law (de jure), but in practice, Brades functions as the capital (i.e. the de facto capital).
|What is the name of the volcano previously thought to be dormant until it erupted violently in 1995?|
Soufriere Hills volcano. Virgin and Little Redonda are both islets of Montserrat, whereas Plymouth is the capital city of Montserrat.
|What is the approximate population of Montserrat (2006)?|
4,500. The population of the island was over 10,000, but after the volcano erupted, many residents fled abroad, mainly to the United Kingdom, leaving around 4,500 in the north, rather than the largely uninhabitable south.
|What is the common nickname of Montserrat?|
The Emerald Isle. This nickname came about for two reasons. The first is its links with Ireland, as most of the early European settlers in Montserrat were Irish, and the second reason is because of its beautifully green coastline (before the eruption, obviously).
|Which island, located north-east of Montserrat, is the closest island to Montserrat?|
Antigua. Antigua, along with Barbuda, is now an independent state, whereas Guadeloupe, south-east of Montserrat, is an overseas territory of France and Anguilla is a British overseas territory, just like Montserrat. St. Kitts and Nevis is also a separate state.
|Which religion is the most dominant in Montserrat?|
Christianity. Most of the inhabitant are Christian, mainly Roman Catholic because of the country's Irish roots.
|True or false; Montserrat have got their own football team recognised by FIFA.|
t. Despite not being an independent country, Montserrat are ranked 199 in the FIFA world rankings as of April 2007, equal last with countries such as Belize and Guam.
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