Vieques lies about 8 miles (13 km) east of the Puerto Rican mainland, and measures about 21 miles (34 km) long by 4 miles (6 km) wide. Its most populated barrio is Isabel Segunda (sometimes written “Isabel II”), the administrative center on the northern side of the island. The population of Vieques was 9,301 at the 2010 Census.
The island’s name is a Spanish spelling of an American Indian word (likely Taíno) said to mean “small island”. It also has the nickname “Isla Nena”, usually translated from Spanish as “Little Girl Island”, alluding to its perception as Puerto Rico’s little sister. During the colonial period, the British name was “Crab Island”.
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