Cape Verde has always been a favourite holiday destination to Americans but now, the picturesque archipelago is welcoming more nationalities to its shores, including British soap stars and reality show celebrities.
Here we take a closer look at Cape Verde and reveal some little known facts about these Atlantic isles just off the coast of Senegal.
Cape Verde gained independence from Portugal on July 5th 1975.
During World War II Winston Churchill had planned to invade Cape Verde although the invasion was cancelled at the last minute.
Cape Verde belongs to the Macronesia group of islands which also includes the Canaries and the Azores.
The archipelago is a marine extension of the Sahara with hot winds known as ‘harmattandry’ carrying brown dust that blasts the islands during October to June each year.
It is illegal to capture turtles between June and February.
Only a tenth of the land of Cape Verde is suitable for agriculture.
There is one goat for every two people on the islands.
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini bought the rights to build an airport on Cape Verde’s island of Sal, as he needed to refuel his aircraft on the flights between Europe and South America. Portugal bought the airport back off him in 1945.
Cape Verde’s island of Boa Vista (meaning ‘ beautiful view ‘) was used as a leper colony in the 1400’s for more affluent Europeans.
Charles Darwin studied flora and fauna in Cape Verde in 1832.
In 1933 aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindburgh landed at Praia in Cape Verde whilst attempting to circumnavigate the north Atlantic.
The official name of the country is Republic of Cape Verde and the currency unit is Cape Verdean escudos.
The archipelago contains a cluster of 10 islands that form a horseshoe-shape and the combined area they cover is a little more than 4,000 square kilometres.
Ethnicities in Cape Verde are 71% Creole (mulatto), 28% African and 1% European.
Languages spoken in Cape Verde are Portuguese and Criuolo. Cape Verde has an exotic unique Creole culture which has absorbed influences from Brazil, Portugal and musical vibes from Senegal.
Cape Verde enjoys a temperate climate with warm, dry summers and little rain through the year.
The religion in the country is mainly Roman Catholic infused with indigenous beliefs and Protestant.
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