Language and Cape Verdeans

Would you like to learn some CREOLE? Take a look at a good reference and learn some of the basics of the Creole/Kriolu language that most old time Cape Verdeans speak. Many of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Cape Verdeans that were born in the United States speak only English, but our ancestors that were born abroad spoke Creole/ kriolu or Portuguese.

Becoming familiar with the language is a great way to keep our history and culture alive and thriving.

Cape Verdean longshoremen

A special thanks goes out to Sylvia Soares, and after reading an article in the Providence Journal by By Paul Davis Journal Staff Writer titled "New efforts to preserve stories of Cape Verdean longshoremen" my heart was touched. It brought back so many fond memories of my step-father, Edward J. Andrade, who was a hard working longshoreman on the dock in Providence, Rhode Island. He was up before daylight and gone for the day and would return by dinner time, sometimes late in the night when he worked over-time.

As a little girl my step-father would take me to the docks with him, and those memories fascinate me today; although as a kid who was afraid of water it wasn't exciting back then. But, being with my step-father was comforting, he'd never let anything happen to his little princess. He'd put me in his old red pick up, I'd bounce around and watch as he pushed the stick shift to change gears as we headed to the Union Hall. 
A statement in the article rang true, being on the docks and at the Union Hall was like visiting a family members home... "Although there were some non-Cape Verdeans — Irish, Italian and African-American workers among them — Local 1329 mirrored a Cape Verdean family," says Andrade-Watkins. This article and effort of Sylvia Soares to keep and preserve the memories and stories of Cape Verdean longshoremen alive is appreciated.

In addition, the article revealed something very interesting, "..the local unit of the International Longshoremen’s Association, the first black and predominantly Cape Verdean labor union in New England." You can read the whole article by click the link below, it's a wonderful story about Cape Veardean Longshormen.

Historic Dates Cabo Verde

2006 January - The PAICV won again in legislative elections

2001 January - Legislative elections returned power to the PAICV

1996 February - The presidential election, President Mascarenhas Monteiro returned to office

1991 January - The first multi-party elections were held

1990 September 28 - The one-party state was abolished

1990 - The PAICV and its predecessor ruled Cape Verde from independence to 1990 after establishing a one-party system

1980 Post-November - Cape Verde formed the PAICV which is the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde

1975 July 5 - Received the instruments of independence from Portugal

1975 June 30 - Cape Verdeans elected a National Assembly

1974 December - An agreement was signed by PAIGC and Portugal providing for a transitional government composed of Portuguese and Cape Verdeans

1972 - The PAIGC controlled much of Portuguese Guinea 

1961 - The PAIGC began an armed rebellion against Portugal

1956 - The "African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde" was organized by a Cape Verdean, Amilcar Cabral, and a group of Cape Verdeans and Guinea-Bissauans.  (PAIGC)
The George Monk Story: Cape Verde - A Historical Moment

I love learning about the history of my ancestors motherland...this is a very interesting story about Cape Verde and its fascinating history. This is a must read for anyone interested in the Cape Verde Islands or Cabo Verde. George Monk's story is something that seems to be buried in history, (I assume, because I do a lot of research and this is the first time I've found this information) so I'd like to help bring it to light by sharing it with others.

The story begins, "George Monk, a second officer and former radio operator of the British merchant marine, who lived the history of world war II on board the Auditor, returned to Cape Verde 66 years later to pay tribute to the people of Tarrafal de Monte Trigo (Santo Antao) and Mindelo (Sao Vicente), who rescued him and 69 other crew members..." Continue on to read the complete article, Cape Verde A Historical Moment

Mr. George Monk passed away in December of 2008; but he will always be remembered because he didn't forget about the Cape Verdean people.  This story touched me personally because it reminds me of my grandmother who valued life and people more than possessions. She came to America, but never forgot the islands, the people and lifestyle of Cape Verde.
Where are the Cape Verde Islands

The Cape Verde Islands are unknown to many people. There is information online about Cape Verde, and that is great for Cape Verdean people and those who know Cape Verdeans, but what about those who know nothing or have never heard of a special group of islands - the Cape Verde Islands.

Where did Cape Verde get its name? When Portuguese settlers arrived at Santiago in 1462 they named the group of islands "Cabo Verde" the English name is "Cape Verde".

Where is Cape Verde?

Cape Verde is located off the coast of West Africa

Why do you call it the Cape Verde Islands?

There are 10 islands in Cape Verde. Santiago is the largest island, and it is where the capital of Praia is located.

The islands are divided into the Barlavento (windward) islands:

Santo Antao
Sao Vicente
Santa Luzia
Sao Nicolau
Boa Vista

And the Sotavento (leeward) islands:


Cape Verde has an interesting history. Did you know that most hurricaines begin around that area of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa? You may have seen the Cape Verde Islands on a weather report and never realized it, learn more interesting facts about Cape Verde History.

If you are looking for some good old fashioned Cape Verdean recipes, like Jag, or Munchupa you came to the right place.

A great place to stay in Cape Verde

The Morabeza Hotel, Sal, Cape Verde

Do you know the word for hospitality on the island of Sal in Cape Verde?  Morabeza!  And that is the name of a hotel on Sal, which owes it's popularity to its breathtaking location right next to the beach.  Pathways lined with a variety of tropical flowers lead down to ‘Le Beach Club.  Watersports, queit walks on the beach, The Morabeza offers a special appeal at the pool, the tranquillity of this hotel is felt and absorbed because there is no music to disrupt the peace and quiet.