Tarrafal, Cape Verde (municipality)

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Location of Tarrafal
Coordinates: 15°16′N 23°43′W / 15.26°N 23.71°W / 15.26; -23.71Coordinates: 15°16′N 23°43′W / 15.26°N 23.71°W / 15.26; -23.71
Country Cape Verde
Island Santiago
 • Total 120.8 km2 (46.6 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 18,561
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)

Tarrafal is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. It is situated in the northern part of the island of Santiago. Its seat is the town Tarrafal. Its population was 18,561 at the 2010 census.[1]

Under Salazar the Tarrafal Concentration Camp was built on the plain south of town (Chão Bom) to contain opponents of the political regime.


The municipality consists of one freguesia (civil parish), Santo Amaro Abade. The freguesia is subdivided into the following settlements:


The economy includes businesses, agriculture, fishing, and tourism.


The municipality was created in the beginning of the 20th century, when two northern parishes of the older Municipality of Santa Catarina were split off to become the Municipality of Tarrafal. In 1991, a southeastern parish of the Municipality was split off to become the Municipality of São Miguel.


Tarrafal has various sights to offer. There are an interesting town hall, a market hall and a comparatively large church, Saint Amaro Abade, in the market place. Every year Tarrafal invites everyone to celebrate the name festival (Festa de Santo Amaro). The date is January 15.


Most of the population is rural. The urban population is concentrated in the town of Tarrafal.

Population of Tarrafal, Cape Verde (municipality) (1940—2010)
1940[2][3] 1950[2][3] 1960[2][3] 1970[2][3] 1980[2][3] 1990[2] 2000[4] 2010[1]
18840 13222 19140 26251 24202 11626 17792 18561


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  1. ^ a b c "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Source: Statoids
  3. ^ a b c d e Includes the population of the present-day São Miguel municipality.
  4. ^ Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas.