Praia Cape Verde History
The island is quite windy, but Cape Verde has become a popular destination for those looking for a relaxing, sunny holiday. The island is owned by the Portuguese Republic of Praia, the second largest island in the Atlantic Ocean, and with a population of just over 1.5 million people one of the most overlooked islands in the world. It is the most popular tourist destination in South Africa and also the country with the highest population density in Africa.
If you want to discover more hidden gems between Praia and Santiago, you should definitely read our guide to the most popular tourist destinations in Cape Verde and the Cape of Good Hope. During your flight to Praoia, Cape Verde will offer you a wealth of experiences to share with your friends and family back home. On the way, the guide will also tell you some interesting facts about the island and its history, which will surprise you.
The historical heritage of Cape Verde is preserved in the National Historical Archive (HNA), which is located in Gamboa, one of the oldest colonial customs buildings in Praia and Santiago, built as a colonial custom. A number of other historical sites, such as the Cape of Good Hope Museum, can also be found in Praia.
Make sure you have insurance with Cape Verde travel insurance in advance and are aware of the high travel costs to the Cape of Good Hope region. This is southern Portugal, which stretches from northern Brazil, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde and is home to a number of tourist destinations such as Cape Town, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro.
It is also the nation's most important tourist center and day trips are a must when visiting Praia Santiago and Cape Verde. A day trip to Praio Maio will allow you to discover the beautiful beaches of the Cape of Good Hope, not to mention the unspoilt beaches and breathtaking scenery to be enjoyed, as well as the largest forest of Cape Verde, composed mainly of acacia trees. Visit Helena, the capital and second largest city in the country with a population of over 1.5 million people.
When it comes to tasting delicious Cape Verde food, Praia is the best choice as it hosts some of the best restaurants in the country. Walking through the streets of Praio Maio, the main shopping area of the city, you will see many locals from all over CapeVerde doing business.
The geological potential of the island is still largely unexplored and the contribution of mining to Cape Verde's economy is minimal. The Central Bank is a commercial development bank that also acts as a financial institution for the state, private and public sectors. At the time of its creation, it included a bank with 1.5 million euros, a credit card bank and a public bank of the same name.
The Cape Verde Islands had the status of a Portuguese colony until 1951, when Portugal changed its status to an overseas province and granted full citizenship to all Cape Verdeans. Portuguese colonialism in Cape Verde would be characterised by a policy of disinterest and neglect for the next three hundred years. In 1951, the Portuguese changed their status from colony to overseas province and in 1961 gave full Portuguese citizenship to all Cape Verdes, but not to the majority of their inhabitants.
However, it was acknowledged that the similarities between Cape Verde and Portugal were greater, and in 1947 only the majority of the inhabitants were considered citizens. It would take until 1975, after the independence of Cape Verde, before the Catholic Church would appoint a Cape Verde bishop.
In September 1994, 50 Cape Verde people were called on full-time missions, most of them in Portugal, but some of them in Cape Verde. On 9 March 2002, the First Presidency announced the appointment of a new Bishop for the diocese of Porto Alegre, a small town in the south of the country.
Although Portuguese is the official language, the Creole language of Cape Verde, Kriolu, became the most widely spoken language in the country during this period, and legislation had a major impact on Cape Verde. The slave trade was a central part of the Cape Verde economy and flourished until the 1770s, when the Portuguese, due to sustained pirate attacks, named the nearby Praia, its capital, instead. In the 18th century, however, the decline of Brazil's economy became apparent when the Brazilian crown agreed to allow slaves to be bought directly from other parts of Portugal, such as Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro, which bypassed Capeverde and the rest of Africa altogether.
Cape Verde had a significant cooperation with Portugal, which led to its first peg of its currency to the Portuguese escudo (euro). Due to their unique past, the documents preserved in the archives of Cape Verde can reveal a common past. The Cape Verde Islands were not occupied by humans when they were first reached by the Portuguese in 1450, but by now they had been founded by the first Portuguese colonists, Francisco de Sousa and his wife Maria de Almeida, around 1462. The European colonial settlement of the tropics is today the second largest island in Africa and the third largest in Latin America after the Caribbean.