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Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, with a total population of approximately 23,900, with about 9,400 residents in Road Town, its capital. Dutch colonists called it "Ter Tholen," after a coastal island in the Netherlands and when the British took over, the name evolved to Tortola. Tortola is a mountainous island with an area of 21.5 square miles. Formed by volcanic activity, its highest peak is Mount Sage at 1738.85 ft. Many tourists visit the historic sites and hike in parks. The island is visited regularly by large cruise ships.