São Domingos, Cape Verde (municipality)

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São Domingos
Municipality
Main street of São Domingos
Main street of São Domingos
Location of São Domingos
Coordinates: 15°01′N 23°31′W / 15.02°N 23.52°W / 15.02; -23.52Coordinates: 15°01′N 23°31′W / 15.02°N 23.52°W / 15.02; -23.52
Country Cape Verde
Island Santiago
Area
 • Total 147.5 km2 (57.0 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 13,699
 • Density 93/km2 (240/sq mi)
Plantations in São Domingos

São Domingos is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. It is situated in the southeastern part of the island of Santiago. Its seat is the town São Domingos. Its population was 13,699 at the 2010 census.[1]

The two major settlements in the concelho are São Domingos and Praia Baixo, São Domingos (population about 3,000) being the largest settlement in the area. Smaller settlements in the area include Água do Gato, Achada Banana and Rui Vaz, which is situated on the edge of a 1 km high cliff overlooking Ribeirão Galinha. While Rui Vaz and Praia Baixo are the main tourist draws in the area, tourism does not constitute a major factor in the region’s overwhelmingly agrarian economy. The main activity of tourism is in its easternmost port along within its beaches, the most used is Sambala Village which is in Vale da Custa at the southeast end.

Farmlands cover the eastern and the central parts, where runoff from the center of the island allows a higher water table and loamier soils than the dense clays found on most of the island.

Mountains dominate the western border, where the steep relief and lack of rainwater runoff makes large-scale agriculture impractical. Several dozen subsistence farming villages dot the main road leading towards Assomada, but produce negligible agricultural products for export.

Parishes[edit]

The municipality consists of two parishes:

History[edit]

The São Domingos municipality was created in 1988, when two parishes of the older Municipality of Praia were separated to become the Municipality of São Domingos. It was formed primarily to relieve Praia of the administrative difficulties involved in managing both a large capital city (Praia) in addition to agrarian villages. It was the first municipality created after the independence of Cape Verde in 1975. Three years later the next municipality would be created on the same island.

In 2008, construction of the House of Marine and Sea Turtles began in Praia Baixo in São Domingos for the protection of sea turtles on the island, it was funded by the University of Algarve, Lisbon Oceanographic Institute and the local office of Lagoa near Faro, Portugal, it was completed in 2009.[2]

Demography[edit]

Population of São Domingos (1990—2010)
1990[3] 2000[4] 2010[1]
11526 13320 13699

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

At the federal level, it belongs to the constituency of Santiago South.

Municipal[edit]

Since 1996, the Movement for Democracy is the ruling party of the municipality which won 53.3% in the 2012 election and the last election in 2016. the PAICV did not appear in the 2004 elections, they returned and finished second. A municipal party, the Independent Group for the Development of São Domingos (GID-SD), an independent party was 2nd in the municipal assembly and the municipality.

Municipal assembly[edit]

2004
%
2004
seats
2008
%
2008
seats
2012
%
2012
seats
Movement for Democracy 72.17 12 - - 53.3 9
PAICV none - - 44 8

Municipality[edit]

2004
%
2004
seats
2008
%
2008
seats
2012
%
2012
seats
Movement for Democracy 72.21 7 - - 52.8 7
PAICV none - - 44.2 0
GID-SD 27.79 0 - - - -

Facilities[edit]

The municipality has schools and high schools, the most notable is Fulgéncio Tavares opened in 2010. The municipality has its own health center first opened in November 2005.[5]

Sports[edit]

Its current football (soccer) club is Os Garridos based in the municipal seat. Former club include Andorinha. Another lesser club based in Milho Branca was África Negra, it was never a registered club and participated in unofficial competitions with other lesser clubs.

Twin towns[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sea Turtles in the Island of Santiago, Cape Verde" (in Portuguese). 10 December 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Source: Statoids
  4. ^ Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas.
  5. ^ "Centro de Saúde de São Domingos inaugurado hoje" [São Domingos Health Center Opens Today]. A Semana (in Portuguese). 23 November 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2017.