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Cape Verde,
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since 1975 República de Cabo Verde, approx. 600 km west of Dakar. Fifteen islands (4,033 km2), of which nine are inhabited, population 50,000, with at least the same number living abroad. The official languages are Portuguese, and the vernacular Crioulo. The Portuguese discovered several of the islands in 1456. Soon afterwards, Portuguese colonists established the first European colony on the “other side” of the Atlantic. On the basis of a feudal means of production dependent on slave labor, Cape Verde became a central point for the slave trade. Slaves from the Guinea c…

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Sigrist, Christian, “Cape Verde,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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