|Islands of Cape Verde (Multiview) - CAPE VERDE|
Cape Verde, officially the Republic of Cape Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Located 570 km off the coast of Western Africa, the islands cover a area of slightly over 4,000 km2. Three (Sal, Boa Vista and Maio) are fairly flat, sandy and dry; the others generally rockier with more vegetation. The name of the country stems from the nearby Cap-Vert, on the Senegalese coast. Portuguese explorers discovered and colonized the previously uninhabited islands in the 15th century.