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Praia (Cabo Verde)

LC control no.n 82131898
Descriptive conventionsrda
Geographic headingPraia (Cabo Verde)
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Geographic subdivision usageCabo Verde--Praia
Variant(s)Praia (Cape Verde)
Praia de Santa Maria (Cabo Verde)
Beginning date1615
Found inGeoNames, algorithmically matched, 2009 (ppl; 14°55ʹ00ʺN 023°31ʹ00ʺW)
The world factbook, via WWW, September 9, 2015 (under Cabo Verde: capital: Praia; geographic coordinates: 14 55 N, 23 31 W)
Wikipedia, September 9, 2015 (Praia; capital and largest city of Cape Verde; city centre is known as Platô due to its location on a small plateau; the town of Praia de Santa Maria appeared in 1615 when it took the place of the previous settlement on the plateau, which was originally favored because the nearby port (Santa Maria beach) offered good conditions for ships. Initially used as a clandestine harbor (in order to avoid customs fees at the then capital Ribeira Grande), the settlement gradually acquired the characteristics of a town after much of the population from Ribeira Grande fled there during its decline in the midst of frequent pirate attacks. The official transfer of capital status from Ribeira Grande to Praia took place in 1770; 14.918°N 23.509°W)
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