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Mapa Menorca Municipis
Municipal boundaries in Minorca

Minorca (Spain, Catalan: Menorca) is the most east of the Balearic Islands.

Geography

Minorcancountryside
Minorcan countryside

Minorca is located east of Mallorca. It has an area of 694.39 km2 (268.11 sq mi). About 88,000 people live there. The main town is Mahon, which has about 27,000 people.

History

Minorca by Piri Reis
Historic map of Minorca by Piri Reis

Minorca was influenced by the Minons. Later it was ruled by the Carthageans, after the Punic Wars by the Romans. From the 5th century AD there was a seat of a bishop on Minorca. Then the Vandals invaded it. After they left, the Moors took over. Later Minorca was ruled by the Kingdom of Mallorca and then it became a part of Spain. For a few decades Minorca was ruled by the British, but the Spanish recovered it again.

Economy

Minorca lives mainly on tourism. There is one airport near the main city.

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