Cape Verde

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Cape Verde Islands were uninhabited, except perhaps by some Lebou fishermen from Senegal, when first visited by the Portuguese in 1456. During centuries of Portuguese rule the islands were gradually peopled with Portuguese, slaves from Africa, and people of mixed African-European descent who became the majority. While retaining some African culture, the Cape Verdians came to speak Portuguese or the Portuguese-derived Crioulo (Creole) language, and became Catholics.

República de Capo Verde


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Further Reading

  1. Carreira, A., The People of the Cape Verde Islands. London, 1982Google Scholar
  2. Foy, C., Cape Verde: Politics, Economics and Society. London, 1988Google Scholar
  3. Shaw, C., Cape Verde Islands: [Bibliography], Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1990Google Scholar
  4. National statistical office: Direcção Geral de Estatìstica, Praia.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999

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  • Barry Turner

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