10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cape Verde’s Independence

Written by Becca Blond

The archipelago known as the Cape Verde Islands was uninhabited until the 1400s. Slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island, it was claimed as a Portuguese colony and played a strategic role in the slave trade. Cape Verde gained independence from Portugal on July 5 1975. It is located 570 kilometres (350 miles) off the coast of Western Africa. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Cape Verde’s independence.