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Santiago, Cape Verde’s Largest Island

15.0N 23.6W

October 5th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Cape Verde - September 6th, 2009

Cape Verde - September 6th, 2009

Santiago is the largest island of Cape Verde, its most important agricultural centre and home to half the nation’s population and its capital city of Praia. Santiago is located between the islands of Maio (40 km to the east, visible in the full image) and Fogo (50 km to the west) and is one of the Sotavento islands.

Santiago is the largest island of Cape Verde, with an area of 991 km². The island is mountainous, as can be observed in this orthorectified image, although slightly flatter in the southeast. The wetter climate of the interior and the eastern coast contrasts with the dryer one in the south-southwest coast.

Praia, located in the southeast coast, is the largest city of the island, and also the capital and largest city of the country. Other towns on the island include Cidade Velha, 15 km west of Praia, Cape Verde’s first capital; Assomada, 60 km north and Tarrafal in the northern part of the island 75 km from the capital.