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Getting started with Cape Verde research

Cape Verde was probably discovered in 1456 by Luigi da Cadamosto, who at that time was in service to Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal (Henrique o Navegador); the islands showed no signs of any previous human settlement. In 1462, São Tiago was the first island to receive settlers. Plantation agriculture was established by the Portuguese community and worked by African slaves, who were brought in from the adjacent Guinea coast. Read more...


The nine inhabited islands of Cape Verde are divided into two geographical groups, the Barlavento (windward) Islands and the Sotavento (leeward) Islands. Each of these islands is hosts one or more municipalities, plus towns and parishes; all but towns are as follows:

Barlavento Islands (island group)

Santo Antão (island)

Ribeira Grande (municipality)

Nossa Senhora do Rosário (parish)
Nossa Senhora do Livramento


Santo António das Pombas

Porto Novo

São João Baptista
Santo André

São Vicente and Santa Luzia

São Vicente

Nossa Senhora da Luz

São Nicolau

Ribeira Brava

Nossa Senhora da Lapa
Nossa Senhora do Rosário



Nossa Senhora das Dores

Boa Vista

Boa Vista

Sao João Baptista

Sotovento Islands



Nossa Senhora da Luz



Nossa Senhora da Graça

São Domingos

Nossa Senhora da Luz
São Nicolau Tolentino

Santa Catarina

Santa Catarina

São Salvador do Mundo

São Salvador do Mundo

Santa Cruz

Santiago Maior

São Lourenço dos Órgãos

São Lourenço dos Órg

Ribeira Grande de Santiago

Santíssimo Nome de Jesus
São João Baptista

São Miguel

São Miguel Arcanjo


Santo Amaro Abade

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