São Nicolau, Cape Verde

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São Nicolau
Native name:
Saniclau

Nickname: Ilha de Chiquinho
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São Nicolau is located in Cape Verde
São Nicolau
São Nicolau
Geography
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates16°36′54″N 24°16′16″W / 16.615°N 24.271°W / 16.615; -24.271
Area343 km2 (132 sq mi)
Length44.5 km (27.65 mi)
Width22.0 km (13.67 mi)
Highest elevation1,312 m (4304 ft)
Highest pointMonte Gordo
Administration
Concelhos (Municipalities)Ribeira Brava, Tarrafal de São Nicolau
Largest settlementRibeira Brava
Demographics
Population12,424[1]:36 (2015)
Pop. density36.2/km2 (93.8/sq mi)

São Nicolau is an island of Cape Verde. It is one of the Barlavento group. In 2015, about 12,400 people lived there.[1] The main towns are Ribeira Brava and Tarrafal de São Nicolau.

The island was discovered in 1461 or 1462 by Diogo Afonso, together with the islands of São Vicente and Santo Antão.[2]

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Coordinates: 16°36′54″N 24°16′16″W / 16.615°N 24.271°W / 16.615; -24.271