Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island
volcanic islands lie 150 miles off the coast of West Africa, but their
population is of mixed African and European descent.
Cape Verde consists of ten volcanic islands and five islets. The islands
were uninhabited until discovered by the Portuguese
in 1456. African slaves were brought here to work on plantations.
from Portugal came in 1975. African culture is most evident on the
island of Santiago—where half the population lives. Cape Verde
enjoys a stable democratic system. Water shortages hinder agriculture,
but tourism is a growing industry.