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Isle of Man

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Population 75,000 (2004)
Area 227 square miles
Agriculture and fishing Farming dates to 4000 B.C., grains and vegetables
Animals of the region Manx cat (a “rumpy” has no tail at all; a “stumpy” has a vestige of a tail), Lochtan sheep, pigs, poultry, 35-foot long Basking sharks

Manx crosses, the film Waking Ned Devine was filmed on the island

Capital & major cities Douglas, Peel, Castletown, Ramsey, Laxey
Folklore, legends, crafts Tales and lore of ghosts and fairies
Foods and beverages


Spirits of the Region

Industry & products, past and present Off-shore banking, tourism (especially the annual TT motorcycle race), textiles (tweeds), mining of lead and zinc
Inventions, discoveries, and notable people Barry, Robin, Maurice, and Andy Gibb (musical group The BeeGees) were born on the IOM, John Champion Bradshaw (photographer in the Arts & Crafts Era), Miles Standish (Mayflower), Fletcher Christian (Bounty),  and Dan Quayle (former U.S. Vice President) all have direct ties to the IOM
Musical instruments Harp, fiddle, whistle, violin, mandolin, guitar
Symbols of the region The Trinacria (Three Legs of Man) was first officially used in the 14th century. The source of the legs emblem is attributed to a variety of pagan references to the sun, Sicily’s emblem, Medusa, and the swastika
Tourist sites Peel Castle, sunken gardens at Douglas, St. John Arboretum, a variety of Victorian-era steam trains, the “Lady Isabella” waterwheel – the largest in Europe
Unique qualities The Tynwald, IOM’s Parliament, is the world’s oldest parliamentary body, with over 1000 years of unbroken rule; citizens are called Manxmen and Manxwomen; because of the Gulf Stream, Manx Palm trees and wild orchids are not uncommon


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