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

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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.