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Cape Verde Travel and Tourism

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Republic of Cape Verde is an island country, spanning an archipelago located in the Macaronesia ecoregion of the North Atlantic Ocean, off the western coast of Africa, opposite Mauritania and Senegal. Its size is little over 4,000 km² with an estimated population of just over 500,000. The capital of Cape Verde is Praia. The previously uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century , and attained independence from Portugal in 1975. As of 2007, Cape Verde is classified as a developing country after being promoted from Least Developed Countries status. About 20% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day.

   
 
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Cidade Velha The UNESCO Heritage in Cape Verde, attraction for tourists - Cidade Velha
Cidade Velha The UNESCO Heritage in Cape Verde, attraction for tourists Dramatically situated on the sea, Cidade Velha (literally 'Old City') has won UNESCO World Heritage status as the first European settlement in the tropics. Founded in 1462, the city became wealthy as a clearing-house and key victualing station for the transatlantic slave trade. Raids by pirates - including a particularly destructive visit from Sir Francis Drake in 1585 - eventually forced the Portuguese to move shop to Praia. Remains from its heyday include the ruins of the cathedral, constructed in 1693, and the pillory on the old town square where enslaved captives were chained up and displayed. Perhaps more impressive is the town's position between the sea and the mouth of a canyon that, thanks to irrigation, re...