uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese
in the 15th century; they subsequently became a trading center
for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply
stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Most Cape Verdeans
have both African and Portuguese antecedents. Independence was
achieved in 1975.Location: Western Africa,
group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal Climate: temperate; warm,
dry summer; precipitation meager and very erratic Borders: None More... Steep,
rugged, rocky, volcanic. Aseries of droughts that started in
the 18th century turned Cape Verde into a dry strile land scape.
Rainfall is usually limited to september.The harmattan season is from December
to February. The vestiges of Portuguese culture are much more evident than
those of African culture. For example the food is much of Portuguese culture.
Each island on Cape Verde has something of interest, but by and large the pace
of life is slow. Santiago, for instance, is very African and it's here that
the majority of black people live. The town of Mindelo (S Vicente) is very
reminiscent of a deserted Portuguese provincial town. The small bars in and
around the harbour have their own special atmosphere and are well worth a visit.
Because of the rocky coastline there are only a few beaches