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Cape Verde

Flag of Cape Verde
Coat of arms of Cape Verde
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The Republic of Cape Verde (Portuguese: Cabo Verde, Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkabu ˈveɾdɨ]) is a republic located on an archipelago in the Macaronesia ecoregion of the North Atlantic Ocean, off the western coast of Africa. The previously uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the fifteenth century (though there may have been earlier discoveries), and attained independence in 1975.


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Pico de Fogo crater on Mount Fogo
The view from the Pico de Fogo crater, on Mount Fogo - the highest point (2,829 metres / 9,281 feet) in the Cape Verde islands.

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Cachupa

Cachupa is a famous dish from the Cape Verde islands, West Africa. This slow cooked stew of corn (hominy), beans, and fish or meat (sausage, beef, goat, or chicken) is often referred to as the country's national dish.[1] Each island has its own regional variation. It is hearty and filling, and may even be served reheated at breakfast.

The version of the recipe called "Cachupa Rica" tends to have more ingredients than the simpler, "Cachupa Pobre".

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The Cape Verdean Island of Brava
The island of Brava, Cape Verde

Brava is an island in Cape Verde. It is the smallest inhabited island of Cape Verde, in the Sotavento group. First settled in the 1540s, its population grew after Mount Fogo on neighbouring Fogo erupted in 1675. Its main industry was long whaling, but the island is now primarily agricultural.

Practically the whole island is a stratovolcano. It lies in the lee of the enormous Fogo volcano. Volcanic activity on the island has been mainly located along three sets of lineaments, which all intersect at the crest of ground that forms the highest part of the island. Brava has no documented historical eruptions, but its youthful volcanic morphology and the fact that earthquake swarms still occur indicate the potential for future eruptions.

North of Brava are two small islands with 4 islets, 3 of them are west of Ilhéu de Cima. The islands are Ilhéu Grande.

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Cesária Évora singing in San Diego, California

Cesária Évora (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɨˈzaɾiɐ ˈɛvuɾɐ]; born Mindelo, São Vicente Island, Cape Verde, 27 August 1941), is a Cape Verdean popular singer. Nicknamed the “barefoot diva” for her preference for performing without shoes,[2] Évora is perhaps the best internationally-known practitioner of morna.

Cesária Évora lost her father at the age of seven. After his death, Cesária's mother struggled to support her on meager earnings as a cook, eventually entrusting Cesária to the care of an orphanage. It was in the orphanage choir that Cesária first learned to sing.

At 16, Cesária met a Cape Verdean sailor named Eduardo who taught her the traditional Cape Verdean styles of music of coladeiras and mornas.

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Moored boats at Mindelo's harbor Porto Grande on the island of São Vicente.

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  1. ^ [1] at www.umassd.edu
  2. ^ globeandmail.com: Print Edition