The Azores Autonomous Region [Regiao Autonomia dos Acores] is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. The Azores are about 930 miles [1,500 kilometers] from Lisbon, Portgual and about 2,400 miles [3,900 kilometers] from the east coast of North America. The Azores were claimed for Portugal and settled by the Portuguese in the early fifteenth century. In 1976, the Azores became one of two autonomous regions of Portugal. The official language of the Azores is Portuguese.