Montserrat is a small volcanic island in the Caribbean Sea, in the Lesser Antilles. It is a British Overseas Territory, and is around 10 miles long and 7 miles wide. It was named by Columbus on his 2nd voyage after a mountain in Catalonia.
It has a population of around 5,000 people, having decreased because of a volcanic eruption in 1995 that destroyed the capital, Plymouth, and caused a lot of people to emigrate to Britain. The de facto capital is Brades, a village in north Montserrat. A lot of the people are of Irish heritage, giving the island its nickname of "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean."