Why do cities & people's surnames in the Cape Verde Island of Africa have Portugese sounding names?
- RainLv 73 weeks ago
The Cape Verde archipelago was uninhabited until the 15th century, when Portuguese explorers discovered and colonized the islands, establishing the first European settlement in the tropics.
- JosephLv 72 months ago
Because Portuguese in the 15th century explored the west coast of Africa and established colonies there. During these expeditions they also discovered the Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, the Azores and Madeira Islands.
Cape Verde Islands is not the only country where peoples' and place names have Portuguese origins. Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique were Portuguese African colonies right up the Portugal's Carnation Revolution in 1974.
- MARKLv 72 months ago
The islands were colonised by the Portuguese. Portuguese is spoken in the Cape Verde Islands.
- lenpol7Lv 72 months ago
Because the Portugese first colonised the islands. The name Cabo Verde means 'Green Cape in Portugese.
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- StarryskyLv 72 months ago
Vasco de Gama of Lisbon was one of the first to explore the area by sailing southwards along the coast of Africa. The islands were claimed for Portugal.