Finding Alcatrazes and early Luso-African settlement on Santiago Island, Cape Verde

Christopher Evans, Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Michael J. Allen, Jo Appleby, Tânia Manuel Casimiro, Charles French, Sarah Inskip, Jose Lima, Richard Newman, Konstantin Richter, Rob Scaife

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Abstract

After the Portuguese discovered the Cape Verde Islands in AD 1456 they divided its main island, Santiago, into two governing captaincies. The founding settlement in the south-west, Cidade Velha, soon became the Islands' capital and a thriving trade centre; in contrast, that in the east, Alcatrazes, only lasted as an official seat from 1484-1516 and is held to have 'failed' (see Richter 2015).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAntiquity
Volume91
Issue number358
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Santiago Island
  • Cape Verde
  • early Luso-African settlement
  • Alcatrazes
  • Cidade Velha

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