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Dry Tortugas, (Florida/USA)

A string of islands named in 1513 by Ponce de León (1460–1521), the Spanish explorer, after the tortoises (in Spanish, tortuga) that were common here. Sailors later added the ‘Dry’ to describe the terrain.

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