Cape Verde

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Cape Verde – of the cost of Western Africa

Cape Verde Scenery






Country Cape Verde (Republic of Cabo Verde)  (Link to map of Cape Verde)
Continent Island country off the coast of Western Africa
Capital Praia
Population 525,000 (2015 est.)
Language Portuguese
Religion Roman Catholic (93%), Protestant (5%; mostly Church of the Nazarene)
Terrain Steep, rugged, rocky, & volcanic
Sports Football (soccer), wave sailing, & kiteboarding
Animals Alexander’s swift, Bourne’s heron, Raso lark, Cape Verde warbler, lago sparrow, Cape Verde shearwater seabird & Cape Verde giant gecko
Facts of Interest Archipelago of 10 volcanic islands; slightly larger than Rhode Island

Uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in 1456

Became a trading center for African slaves & resupply port for whaling and transatlantic shipping

Obtained independence in 1975 and continues to be one of Africa’s most stable democratic governments

Concerns Soil erosion, deforestation, water shortage

Environmental impact on several species of birds & reptiles

20th century severe droughts caused the deaths of 200,000 people that prompted heavy emigration

A number of children live in precarious conditions and child labor remains a major problem

Cases of Zika virus were confirmed in early 2016

Mission In addition to the Roman Catholic and Church of the Nazarene, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints maintains an active mission presence in Cape Verde