Cape Verde Map
Cape Verde is a group of 10 islands shaped like a horseshoe in the North Atlantic Ocean. The country is off the west coast of Senegal, Africa about 600 kilometers away. Cape Verde is also known as Cabo Verde because the Portuguese first discovered the uninhabited islands in the 15th century. Currently, Cape Verde has one of the highest literacy rates and GDP in all of Africa. Also, it’s known for being an important communications site, and station for air and sea refueling.
Cape Verde Satellite Map
Cape Verde consists of 10 islands, which are volcanic in origin. In total, the islands occupy an area of 4,033 square kilometers (1,557 sq mi). They lie above the equator between 14° and 18°N latitudes. There are two separate groups of islands. First, the Barlavento Islands (Windward Islands) include the islands of Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista. Secondly, the Sotavento Islands (Leeward) include the islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava. According to the FAO, forests cover about 21% of Cape Verde.
Cape Verde Physical Map
The terrain in Cape Verde is a mix of dry plains and high active volcanoes. In general, the eastern islands are flatter. Whereas the western islands are more mountainous with cliffs that rise steeply from the ocean. At 2,829 meters (9,281 ft), its highest point is Mount Fogo, which is an active stratovolcano on the island of Fogo.