It’s more the reasons that bind us than the ocean that separates.
Before Columbus arrived in America, and from Terceira Island, Corte-Real, Joao Fernandes and others, had already passed there. We participated, side by side with the American people, in the wars of independence. This connection lasts and is seen in the American presence at the Lajes Base.
Now it’s time to discover the Azores and Explore Terceira. America was also born here.
Millions of years ago, the Atlantic Ocean began to appear, in the process of separating the continents, opening from South to North and allowing the famous Atlantic dorsal ridge to emerge. The Azores were born from volcanic eruptions, linked to this evolution, which continues today. In the middle of the 15th century, before Columbus arrived in America and from the Azores, Corte-Real, Joao Fernandes, the farmer, Pedro de Barcelos and others, were there. Born Simao Fernandes in Terceira, participated, in the service of Sir Walter Raleigh, in 1587, in the attempt to install what became known as the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
Peter Francisco, hero of George Washington’s armies in the wars of independence, was also born on Terceira Island. Episodes of the American Civil War and the arming of the Confederate blockade runners also took place here, in Praia da Vitoria and in Angra. From those adventures until today, to which we can add the American presence at Lajes Air Base and the 1971 and 2003 summits, we can say that there are many reasons to be able to say that, in many ways, North America started here.