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AfriGeneas Western Frontier Forum

Re: THE FAR-FAR WEST
In Response To: Re: THE FAR-FAR WEST ()

Azores Islands
by Robert L. Santos
California State University, Stanislaus
Librarian/Archivist

"The first settlers were a mixed group of people from the Portuguese provinces of Algarve and Minho.42 Also, Madeirans, Moorish prisoners, black slaves,43 French, Italians, Scots, English, and Flemings were among the early settlers.44 There were petty criminals, Spanish clergy, Jews, soldiers, government officials, European merchants and sugar cane growers.45
There were some slaves on the islands, and there were lingering concerns about a slave revolt which no settler wanted. Soon the slaves were sent to Brazil and to the Caribbean.51
The Azores Islands lie about 700 miles off the Portuguese coast; 750 miles from Africa;71 1,100 miles from Newfoundland; and 2,200 miles from the east coast of the United States. It is nearly midway between Europe and the North America.72 The archipelago stretches about 375 miles from end to end and are found in three separate groups. They are volcanic in composition.73"
http://www.library.csustan.edu/bsantos/azores.html

"Terceira Island Azores Information
Angra do Heroísmo
The seat of a captaincy in 1474, it soon became an important trading centre thanks to the natural qualities of its harbour as evidenced even in its name (Angra means Bay). Its commercial importance led to its being given a town charter in 1478 and being raised to the status of a city - the first in the Azores - in 1534. It was also in the latter year that Pope Paul III chose Angra to be the seat of a bishopric. A port of call for the ships plying to and from Africa, India and the Americas "
http://www.azores.com/azores/terceira.asp

"Cape Verde Islands
Republic of Cape Verde
History of Cape Verde
The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cape Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. "
http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/africa/cape-verde/index.htm

Both island groups were involved with Africans and sea trading. You can argue with the map makers about the distance.
Thanks for reading Allen L. Lee


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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