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Republic of Cape Verde, island country off the coast of Senegal on the western coast of Africa


Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)

cape verde
n : an island country in the atlantic off the coast of senegal [syn: cape verde, republic of cape verde]




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Noun
1. an island country in the Atlantic off the coast of Senegal
(synonym) Republic of Cape Verde
(hypernym) country, state, land
(part-holonym) Cape Verde Islands
(part-meronym) Praia, Cidade de Praia, capital of Cape Verde


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Flag of Cape Verde
Flag of Cape Verde

Background
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.

Map of Cape Verde

Map of Cape Verde

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