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The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cape Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cape Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cape Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cape Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.


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Military

Military branches
Armed Forces: Army (also called the National Guard, GN), Cape Verde Coast Guard (Guardia Costeira de Cabo Verde, GCCV; includes naval infantry) (2012)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age (est.) for selective compulsory military service; 14-month conscript service obligation (2006)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 132,087
Females age 16-49 136,956 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 106,864
Females age 16-49 117,518 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 6,029
Female 6,026 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 160
0.5% of GDP (2009)


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Cape Verde (Praia):


GPS points from Cape Verde (Praia)

Tope De Coroa Concelho Do Porto Novo

Reguinho Concelho Do Sal

Porto Ingles Concelho Do Maio

Relva Concelho Dos Mosteiros

Botija Concelho Do Porto Novo

Vila Do Porto Novo Cape Verde (general)

Nossa Senhora Da Luz Concelho Do Maio

Achada Grande Concelho Dos Mosteiros




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