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The islands of the Atlantic Ocean are - except for those in one concentrated region - scattered far and wide, with little in common but their relative obscurity.

The most numerous group of islands are the so-called West Indies and their neighbors, located southeast of North America, east of Central America, and north of South America. Although part of the Atlantic, this sea forms its own region: the Caribbean.

Geologically, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Lucayan island chain are in the Atlantic Ocean but are culturally and tourism-wise considered part of the Caribbean (West Indies) and listed as such.

The near-polar islands to the far north and south are covered here among the islands of the Arctic Ocean (Arctic) and Southern Ocean (Antarctica). The remaining islands of the Atlantic run rather intermittently from the southwestern tip of Europe, past West Africa, across the equator, to the open waters of the South Atlantic:

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Southern Hemisphere

Plutarch in his Parallel Lives (Sertorius, 75 AD) referring to the military commander Quintus Sertorius (d. 72 BC), relates that after his return to Cádiz, he met sailors who spoke of idyllic Atlantic islands: "The islands are said to be two in number separated by a very narrow strait and lie 10,000 furlongs (2,011.68 km) from Africa. They are called the Isles of the Blest." Archeological evidence suggests that the islands may have been visited by the Vikings sometime between AD 900 and 1030.

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Views of St. Helena - Book Display (1857)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - General View of Port Magee, &c., from the Heights Below Cora Beg : The Caroline Laying the Shore End of the Cable, July 22 (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph [Chart] - The Great Eastern (1865) (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
A Pilgrimage to the Saga-Steads of Iceland - The Fall of Oxara (1899)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
A Pilgrimage to the Saga-Steads of Iceland - Descent of Arnardals Skarth (1899)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Views of St. Helena - Napoleon's Tomb (1857)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
A Pilgrimage to the Saga-Steads of Iceland - The Logberg and Thingvalla Vatn (1899)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - The Cable Passed from the Works into the Hulk Lying in the Thames at Greenwich (1865)
A History of Madeira - A Franciscan Friar on a Journey (1821)
The Atlantic Telegraph - Splicing the Cable (After the First Accident) on Board the Great Eastern, July 25 (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
A History of Madeira - A Prior of the Order of St. Francis and a Lay Brother (1821)
The Atlantic Telegraph - Interior of One of the Tanks on Board the Great Eastern : Cable Passing Out (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - In the Bows, August 2 : The Cable Broken and Lost : Preparing to Grapple (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - Paying-Out Machinery (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - Chart, Showing the Track of the Steam-Ship Great Eastern on Her Voyage from Valentia to Newfoundland (1865)
The Atlantic Telegraph [Chart] - Map Showing the Proposed Ocean Telegraphs and Overland Route Round the World (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - Front Cover (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
A History of Madeira - A Nun and Her Attendant (1821)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Views of St. Helena - Views of Lower Part of James Town (1857)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - The Great Eastern Under Weight, July 23 : Escort and Other Ships Introduced Being the Terrible, the Sphinx, the Hawk, and the Caroline (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - Back Cover (1909)
A Pilgrimage to the Saga-Steads of Iceland - Gill at Gilsbakki (1899)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - H.M.S. Agamemnon Laying the Atlantic Telegraph Cable in 1858 : A Whale Crosses the Line (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - Coiling the Cable in the After-Tank on Board the Great Eastern at Sheerness : Visit of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales on May 24. (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
A History of Madeira - Peasants in Usual Costume (1821)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph [Chart] - The Atlantic Telegraph [Map] (1865) (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
A History of Madeira - Usual Manner of Travelling in Hammocks (1821)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - Back Cover (1865)
Views of St. Helena - Longwood New House (1857)
The Atlantic Telegraph - Foilhummerum Bay Bay, Valentia, from Cornwall Fort : The Caro-Line and Boats Laying the Earth-Wire, Jul 21 (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
The Atlantic Telegraph - Title Page - Weighing Anchor off the Maplin Sands, Nore, July 15, 1865 (1865)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
A History of Madeira - Drilling (1821)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)
Madeira : Old and New - (1909)

Related Maps

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The Atlantic Telegraph - Chart, Showing the Track of the Steam-Ship Great Eastern on Her Voyage from Valentia to Newfoundland (1865)

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