Cape Verde: History

  1. 1456

    The first Europeans arrive in Cape Verde.

  2. 1495

    Cape Verde becomes a colony of Portugal.

  3. 1800s

    Port of Mindelo becomes an important commercial center, helped by its location in the middle of Atlantic shipping routes.

  4. 1961

    Armed rebellion begins against Portugal.

  5. 1975

    Cape Verde becomes independent from Portugal, and the country begins efforts to establish unity with Guinea-Bissau.

  6. 1980

    Following a coup in Guinea-Bissau, relations between Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau become strained and the plan for unity between the countries is scrapped.

  7. 2007

    Cape Verde becomes a member of the World Trade Organization.


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