Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Where in the World is Cape Verde?

The Republic of Cape Verde is an archipelago ( a chain or cluster of islands) located in the Atlantic Ocean about 310 miles off the coast of Western Africa. Cape Verde consists of ten islands which are divided into two groups, the Barlavento (the Windward Northern islands) and the Sotavento (the Southern islands).

Cape Verde is a former Portuguse colony and gained independence in 1975 after being ruled over for over 500 years (since 1460). The official language is Portuguese but most Cape Verdeans speak Cape Verdean Creole which varies island to island, I will be learning both.

Temperatures range from 75 °F in January and February to 85 °F in September. The average annual rainfall for Cape Verde is only 2.7 in with September being the wettest month with 1.3 in.

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