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Cape Verde
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1. General Situation

Cape Verde is a volcanic archipelago of 15 islands, lying 620 km. (385 mi.) from the West African mainland. The first Portuguese discoverers (ca. 1460) found the islands uninhabited. The present mestizo, Creole-speaking population is descended from Portuguese settlers and African slaves, the first of whom were brought to Cape Verde about 1500.

Climatically, Cape Verde is almost continuously under the influence of the northeast trade winds and thus belongs to the Sahel…

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Jenkins, Paul, “Cape Verde”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C127>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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