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Initially, Spanish explorers used San Juan Bautista for the island and Puerto Rico for their settlement. When Ponce de Leon discovered just how rich his port city was, he switched the names.  
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Depending on the tide, the number of islands in the San Juan Islands fluctuates between 762 (low tide) and 457 (high tide). Of these, only 172 are actually named and only 4 are served by ferry.  
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In the late 19th century, some of America's richest men established Georgia's Jekyll Island as a private resort. At one time, it was estimated that its winter residents controlled one-sixth of the world's wealth.  
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Forty-three bridges connect the 31 islands that make up the Florida Keys. The most famous of them is the Seven Mile Bridge, which spans from Long Key Channel to Key West.  
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Despite global modernization, Michigan's Mackinac Island has one foot planted in the 19th century. Automobiles are hardly found on the island—residents and visitors travel by foot, bike, or horse-drawn buggy.  
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Archaeologists believe that humans have inhabited Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast of California, for at least 7,000 years, and continued excavations push that date back further and further.  
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Exposure to the sea air has made Nantucket's cedar-shingled houses turn a silvery gray, earning the island its endearing nickname—'Grey Lady.'  
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