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Updated: Sep 26, 2022

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Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.

The island is in the Leeward Islands, which is part of the chain known as the Lesser Antilles, in the West Indies.

Its nearest neighbors in the island chain include Guadeloupe to the southeast, Antigua & Barbuda to the northeast, and Nevis to the northwest.

Montserrat is nicknamed "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants.

Mayotte location



Reason for naming the country

In 1493, Christopher Columbus named the island Santa María de Montserrate, after the Virgin of Montserrat in the Monastery of Montserrat, on Montserrat mountain, near Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.

"Montserrat" means "serrated mountain" in Catalan.


The Montserrat flag was officially adopted in