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Cape Verde
Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande
Pico de Fogo

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Physiographic feature Archipelago

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Western Africa, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal - The World Factbook

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Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 42

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The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cape Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cape Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cape Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cape Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents. - The World Factbook

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