Santiago, Cape Verde
|Area||1,003.71 km2 (387.53 sq mi)|
|Length||75 km (46.6 mi)|
|Width||35 km (21.7 mi)|
|Highest elevation||1,394 m (4573 ft)|
|Highest point||Pico da Antónia|
|Concelhos||9 (See list)|
|Largest settlement||Praia (pop. 131,602)|
|Pop. density||272.9/km2 (706.8/sq mi)|
Santiago (Portuguese for “Saint James”), or Santiagu in Cape Verdean Creole, is the largest island of the Cape Verde archipelago. It is the most important agricultural centre and home to half the nation’s population. Praia, the capital of the country is in this island.
History[change | change source]
The island was discovered in around 1460 by António de Noli (or António da Noli), a 15th-century nobleman and navigator from Genoa that worked for Henry the Navigator of Portugal. De Noli founded in 1462 the old capital of the islands, Ribeira Grande, now known as Cidade Velha.
Population[change | change source]
The largest city of the island is Praia, its capital, with a population, in 2010, of 131,602.
Geography[change | change source]
The Santiago island has an area of 1,003.71 km2 (387.53 sq mi); it is 75 km (47 mi) long, north to south, and about 35 km (22 mi) wide, east to west.
- Serra da Malagueta, in the northern part of the island.
- Serra do Pico de Antónia, in the southern part of the island, from the southeast to the northwest. Here is the highest point of the island, Pico de Antónia, 1,394 m (4,573 ft) high.
- Parque Natural de Rui Vaz e Serra de Pico de Antónia
- Parque Natural de Serra da Malagueta
Climate[change | change source]
The average temperature for the year in Praia is 24.4 °C (75.9 °F). The warmest month, on average, is August with an average temperature of 26.7 °C (80.1 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 22.2 °C (72.0 °F).
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Praia is 210.8 millimetres (8.30 in) 8.3". The month with the most precipitation on average is August with 99.1 millimetres (3.90 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is March without any precipitation. There are an average of 49.0 days of precipitation, with the most precipitation occurring in September with 7.0 days and the least precipitation occurring in December with 2.0 days.
Administration[change | change source]
|73||Santa Cruz||CV-CR||Pedra Badejo||112.21||26,609||237.1|
|75||São Domingos||CV-SD||São Domingos||147.54||13,808||93.6|
|76||São Miguel||CV-SM||Calheta de São Miguel||77.35||15,648||202.3|
|77||São Salvador do Mundo||CV-SS||Picos||26.48||8,677||327.7|
|78||São Lourenço dos Órgãos||CV-LO||João Teves||36.94||7,388||200.0|
|79||Ribeira Grande de Santiago||CV-RS||Cidade Velha||137.25||8,325||60.7|
- Código Geográfico Nacional de Cabo Verde
Gallery[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Santiago (Cape Verde).|
- "Distribuição da população residente por meio de residência - RGPH 2010" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estatística : Cabo Verde. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
- "History - Part 2". Capeverde.com. Archived from the original on 14 December 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
- "Cape Verde: Island of Santiago". Capeverde.com. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
- "Parques Naturais" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Áreas Protegidas - Cabo Verde. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
- "Praia, Cape Verde". Weatherbase.com. Retrieved 23 October 2016.