Boa Vista, Cape Verde
|Native name: Bubista
Nickname: Ilha das dunas (island of the dunes)
|Area||620 km2 (239 sq mi)|
|Length||31 km (19.3 mi)|
|Width||29 km (18 mi)|
|Highest elevation||387 m (1,270 ft)|
|Highest point||Monte Estância|
|Concelhos (Municipalities)||Boa Vista|
|Largest city||Sal Rei|
Boa Vista (Portuguese meaning “good view”) is the easternmost island of Cape Verde. It is located in the Barlavento group of the archipelago. The island is known for marine turtles and traditional music, as well as its ultramarathon and its sand dunes and beaches. The island also constitutes the municipality of Boa Vista, which has two parishes, Santa Isabel and São João Baptista.
In the 19th century, the English called Boa Vista, Bonavisa.
With an area of 620 km², it is the third largest island, after Santo Antão and Santiago. It is 455 km west of the coast of Africa. Much of the island is flat. The highest point on the island is Monte Estância, elevation 387 meters; other mountains include Santo António (Saint Anthony) and Monte Negro (Black Mountain). Other features include Campo da Serra. Its main town is Sal Rei, its ferry port and home to Boa Vista's airport (Rabil Airport)on the northwest side of the island.
As of the mid-19th century, the population was estimated at 4,000. While most of the population live in Sal Rei, there are many small settlements with 10 to 100 people; others are abandoned. It has the smallest population of all of inhabited Cape Verde’s islands, and it is the least-dense populated in the archipelago.
|Population of Boa Vista, Cape Verde (1940—2010)|
Its economy was originally based on agriculture, but desertification led to salt collection becoming more important. Its main industries today are date farming and, increasingly, tourism, with already several touristic establishments being built in recent times.
Attractions and amenities
Boa Vista has a college (colegio), a middle school, high school, churches, beaches, large hotels, a port, and a square (praça).
- Academica (Sal-Rei) - Sal-Rei
- Académica Operária
- África Show
- Desportivo Estância Baixo
- Juventude do Norte
- Sanjoanense (Boa Vista)
- Roberts, Edmund (1837). Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat. New York: Harper & Brothers. p. 17.
- Source: Statoids
- Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas.
- Source: projection to 2010 from the Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas.
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