The archipelago of Cape Verde is comprised of ten islands and some islets. Situated in the path of the Sahel, rainfall plays a vital role in defining the life of Cape Verdeans, since the amount of precipitation determines whether an agricultural year is productive, and if there is an abundance of supplies. The irregularity in rainfall, resulting in long dry spells, from time to time requires residents to contend with droughts that have dramatic consequences on the islands’ agriculture and cattle-raising. Therefore, Cape Verdeans have suffered the pressure of different adverse phenomena which makes them leave their homeland. Apart from droughts caused by lack of rainfall, and other circumstances, the recruiting of Cape Verdeans in the 18th century to work in whaling, a very important economic sector at that time because of the demand for whale oil in leather tanning and illumination in the United States of America, played a very important role in Cape Verdean emigration.
|Translated title of the contribution||The role of droughts and waling in capverdean emigration to the United State of America|
|Title of host publication||Linguística, Letras e Artes e as Novas Perspetivas dos Saberes Científicos 2|
|Editors||Adaylson Vasconcelos, Thamires Vasconcelos|
|Place of Publication||Brasil|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- Cape Verde