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First US base in the Açores built 100 years ago

The main US base now is the Lajes airbase on Terceira (pictured left) but American military presence in the Açores started 100 years ago with at Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel.

The reason for an Allied military presence was the German Navy which had been sinking US and Allied shipping in the Atlantic. The governments of the US and Portugal formed an agreement and the first base was created in this strategic area that was an ideal mid-Atlantic refuelling point.


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