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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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Transportation

Airports World Ranking: 159
9 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
Total 9
Over 3,047 m 1
1,524 to 2,437 m 3
914 to 1,523 m 3
Under 914 m 2 (2012)

Airports - with unpaved runways
Total 1
Under 914 m 1 (2010)

Roadways World Ranking: 178
Total 1,350 km
Paved 932 km
Unpaved 418 km (2000)

Merchant marine World Ranking: 104
Total 13
By type
Cargo 3, chemical tanker 2, passenger/cargo 7, petroleum tanker 1
Foreign-owned 3 (Greece 1, Spain 1, UK 1)
Registered in other countries 1 (unknown 1) (2010)

Ports and terminals
Porto Grande


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Cape Verde (Praia):
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GPS points from Cape Verde (Praia)

square Figueira Da Horta Concelho Do Maio

square Pico Da Antonio Cape Verde (general)

square Picos Concelho De Sao Salvador Do Mundo

square Baluarte Concelho Do Sao Filipe

square Ponta Do Morrinho Vermelho Concelho Do Sal

square Ponta Do Lagedo Largo Concelho Do Porto Novo

square Cachacinho Concelho Do Tarrafal De Sao Nicolau

square Ponta Marigou Concelho De Sao Vicente




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