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The Republic of Cape Verde
is a republic located on an archipelago
of the North Atlantic Ocean
, off the western coast of Africa
. The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized
by the Portuguese
in the 15th century
; they subsequently became a trading center for African slaves
. Most Cape Verdeans descend from both groups. Independence was achieved in 1975
. The capital is Praia
"Cape Verde" is named for Cap-Vert, now in Senegal, the westernmost point of Africa.
- Much of the material in these articles comes from the CIA World Factbook 2000 and the 2003 U.S. Department of State website.