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Why do cities & people's surnames in the Cape Verde Island of Africa have Portugese sounding names?

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  • Rain
    Lv 7
    3 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.

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  • Joseph
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    2 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.

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  • MARK
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    2 months ago

    The islands were colonised by the Portuguese. Portuguese is spoken in the Cape Verde Islands.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because the Portugese first colonised the islands. The name Cabo Verde means 'Green Cape in Portugese.

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  • 2 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.

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