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In the 15th and early 16th Centuries the Isle of Wight was colonized by Portuguese clam fishermen who used the island as a home base for fishing in the mollusc-rich waters to the South West of Queen Victoria’s former holiday home. Though English is largely adopted as the dialect of commerce, especially on the eastern part of the island, it is for this reason that many villages to the west of Ventnor have Portuguese as their first language, and signs beyond Niton out to West Wight frequently display directions and place names in both English and Portuguese. Travellers to the island are encouraged to note the fact, especially when approaching locals for information. British currency is standard throughout the entire island.

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