Cape Verde

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 Archipelago

Cape Verde is an archipelago of ten main islands.

Cape Verde: 15th-16th Century

In 1456, at the service of Prince Henry the Navigator, Venetian captains Alvise Cadamosto and Antoniotto Usodimare first landed in Cape Verde.

Cape Verde: 17th-18th Century

Droughts and famine forced Cape Verdeans to emigrate.

Cape Verde: 19th Century

The decline of the lucrative slave trade was a major blow to the country's economy.

Cape Verde: 20th Century

With the advent of the ocean liner, Cape Verde was an ideal location for resupplying ships.

Cape Verde: Boa Vista

Boa Vista, Portuguese for "good view", is a desert-like island.

Cape Verde: Brava

Brava, Portuguese for "wild" or "brave", is an island in the Sotavento (leeward) group.

Cape Verde: Fogo

Fogo, Portuguese for "fire" is an island in the Sotavento (leeward) group, one of the southernmost islands in Cape Verde.

Cape Verde: Maio

Maio, "May" in Portuguese, is the easternmost of the Sotavento (leeward) islands of Cape Verde.

Cape Verde: Sal

Sal is Portuguese for "salt". It is a tourist destination with white sandy beaches and over 350 days of sunshine a year.

Cape Verde: Santa Luzia

Santa Luzia is an island of the Barlavento islands in Cape Verde located between São Nicolau and São Vicente.

Cape Verde: Santiago

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.

Cape Verde: Santo Antão

Santo Antão, Portuguese for "St. Anthony", is the westernmost island of Cape Verde.

Cape Verde: São Nicolau

São Nicolau, Portuguese for "St. Nicholas", is one of the Barlavento (windward) islands of Cape Verde.

Cape Verde: São Vicente

São Vicente, Portuguese for "St. Vincent", is one of the Barlavento (windward) islands, the northern group in the Cape Verde archipelago.

Cape Verde: Music

Morna is by far the most popular genre, and it produced international superstar Cesária Évora.

Cape Verde: Cuisine

Influenced by Portuguese, Southern and Western European and West African cuisine.

Cape Verde: Tourism

Tourism is the most important economic activity in Cape Verde today.

Cape Verde: Immigration

Without whaling, there would not have been a Cape Verdean-American settlement.

Cape Verde: Immigration to California

Cape Verdean immigrants began arriving in California as early as 1848 following the discovery of gold.

Cape Verde: Independence Movement

Cape Verdeans were treated poorly by Portugal, though their treatment of Cape Verdeans differed from their treatment of their other colonies.