Isla Mayor

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Isla Mayor, Spain
municipality
Flag of Isla Mayor, Spain
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Official seal of Isla Mayor, Spain
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Country Spain
Province Seville
Municipality Isla Mayor
Area
 • Total 114 km2 (44 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 5,873
 • Density 50.9/km2 (132/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Isla Mayor is a municipality located in the province of Seville, Spain. According to the 2006 census (INE), the municipality, which has an area of 114 km2, has a population of 5.873 (2009) inhabitants.

The main village is Isla Mayor, about 45 km south west of Sevilla, The small village of Poblado de Alfonso XIII is in the same municipality. Isla Mayor separated from the municipality of Puebla del Rio in 1994.

Isla Mayor is situated in the Las Marismas (marshes) of the Bajo Guadalquivir River, of which one part forms part of the Doñana National Park. The land is formed from sediment at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river. It is crisscrossed by canals, and the land dedicated primarily to the cultivation of rice.

Previously just a seasonal settlement for workers in the rice harvest, it became a permanent settlement in 1956 with the establishment of a paper factory by the Instituto Nacional de Colonización. The village and municipality were known as Villafranco del Guadalquivir, in honour of the dictator General Franco. In 2000 the name was changed to Isla Mayor by popular vote.

External links[edit]

  • Isla Mayor - Sistema de Información Multiterritorial de Andalucía

Coordinates: 37°08′N 6°10′W / 37.133°N 6.167°W / 37.133; -6.167