Cape Verde is an archipelago of ten main islands, all of which are vastly different but equally beautiful. From the desert landscapes of Boa Vista to the tropical mountains of Santiago, this incredible archipelago has it all.
Cape Verde was a Portuguese colony until 1975, and in the 600 or so years since its discovery, has been an important connection between Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
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Cape Verde is an archipelago of ten main islands.
In 1456, at the service of Prince Henry the Navigator, Venetian captains Alvise Cadamosto and Antoniotto Usodimare first landed in Cape Verde.
Droughts and famine forced Cape Verdeans to emigrate.
The decline of the lucrative slave trade was a major blow to the country's economy.
With the advent of the ocean liner, Cape Verde was an ideal location for resupplying ships.
Boa Vista, Portuguese for "good view", is a desert-like island.
Brava, Portuguese for "wild" or "brave", is an island in the Sotavento (leeward) group.
Fogo, Portuguese for "fire" is an island in the Sotavento (leeward) group, one of the southernmost islands in Cape Verde.
Maio, "May" in Portuguese, is the easternmost of the Sotavento (leeward) islands of Cape Verde.
Sal is Portuguese for "salt". It is a tourist destination with white sandy beaches and over 350 days of sunshine a year.
Santa Luzia is an island of the Barlavento islands in Cape Verde located between São Nicolau and São Vicente.
Santiago, Portuguese for "St. James", is the largest island of Cape Verde, its most important agricultural center and home to half the nation's population.
Santo Antão, Portuguese for "St. Anthony", is the westernmost island of Cape Verde.
São Nicolau, Portuguese for "St. Nicholas", is one of the Barlavento (windward) islands of Cape Verde.
São Vicente, Portuguese for "St. Vincent", is one of the Barlavento (windward) islands, the northern group in the Cape Verde archipelago.
Morna is by far the most popular genre, and it produced international superstar Cesária Évora.
Influenced by Portuguese, Southern and Western European and West African cuisine.
Tourism is the most important economic activity in Cape Verde today.
Without whaling, there would not have been a Cape Verdean-American settlement.
Cape Verdean immigrants began arriving in California as early as 1848 following the discovery of gold.
Cape Verdeans were treated poorly by Portugal, though their treatment of Cape Verdeans differed from their treatment of their other colonies.
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