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An island in the Leeward Islands of the British West Indies northwest of Guadeloupe. Claimed for Spain by Columbus in 1493, it was colonized by the English after 1632 but held by the French at various periods before being awarded to Great Britain in 1783. A volcanic eruption of the Soufrière Hills in 1995 devastated much of the island and forced the evacuation of most of its population.
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1. (Placename) a volcanic island in the Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands: a UK Overseas Territory: much of the island rendered uninhabitable by volcanic eruptions in 1997. Capital: Brades (replacing Plymouth, effectively destroyed by the eruption). Pop: 5189 (2013 est). Area: 103 sq km (40 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a mountain in NE Spain, northwest of Barcelona: famous Benedictine monastery. Height: 1235 m (4054 ft). Ancient name: Mons Serratus
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(ˌmɒnt səˈræt)

an island in the Leeward Islands, in the West Indies: British crown colony. 11,852; 39 sq.mi. (102 sq. km).
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Noun1.Montserrat - a volcanic island in the CaribbeanMontserrat - a volcanic island in the Caribbean; in the West Indies
the Indies, West Indies - the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area
Montserratian - a native or inhabitant of Montserrat
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We will go to Palestine, where Conrade, Marquis of Montserrat, is my friend a friend free as myself from the doting scruples which fetter our free-born reason rather with Saladin will we league ourselves, than endure the scorn of the bigots whom we contemn.
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Her father, who died in January 2011, had been associated with various political parties here including the Montserrat Workers' Progressive Party (MWPP) , the Progressive Democratic Party and the People's Liberation Movement.
Highly venerated in Catalonia, Spain, where devotion to the La Moreneta (Black Madonna) originated, as well as in Puerto Rico and Ecuador, Our Lady of Montserrat is famous for her miraculous intercessory powers.
My dad had always spoken about Montserrat - but I had never been.
Tenor Jose Carreras told Catalunya Radio that the world of opera had lost its "best soprano", saying: "Of all the sopranos that I have heard live, I have never heard anyone like Montserrat."
Montserrat Caballe, her voice and her sweetness will stay with us forever," Sanchez said via his official Twitter handle.
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