Maio, Cape Verde
|Native name: Dja r’ Mai’|
|Area||269 km2 (104 sq mi)|
|Length||31 km (19.3 mi)|
|Width||25 km (15.5 mi)|
|Highest elevation||436 m (1,430 ft)|
|Highest point||Monte Penoso|
|Largest city||Vila do Maio|
Maio (in Cape Verdean Creole: Dja r’ Mai) is the easternmost of the Sotavento islands of Cape Verde. Maio is located south of the islands of Boa Vista and east of Santiago. The island is known for its sandy beaches and large forest, which is unusual for Cape Verde.
It was named after its first sighting on May 1, 1460.
The island covers an area of 269 km². The tallest mountain on the island (436 m) is on the east coast, in a mountain range named Monte Penoso. Terra Salgadas is a plain filled with salt, in the far north. The northernmost point on the island is Ponta Cais. Bays includes Galeão and Santana to the north. The island’s main town is Vila do Maio, also known as Porto Inglês, near which its airport, Maio Airport lies.
As of 1832, the population was estimated at 2,500.
|Population of Maio, Cape Verde (1940—2010)|
Attractions and amenities
- 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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