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Finding Alcatrazes and early Luso-African settlement on Santiago Island, Cape Verde

  • Christopher Evans (a1), Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (a1), Michael J. Allen (a2), Jo Appleby (a3), Tania Manuel Casimiro (a4), Charles French (a1), Sarah Inskip (a1), Jose Lima (a5), Richard Newman (a1), Konstantin Richter (a6) and Rob Scaife (a7)...
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After the Portuguese discovered the Cape Verde Islands in AD 1456 they divided its main island, Santiago, into two governing captaincies. The founding settlement in the south-west, Cidade Velha, soon became the Islands’ capital and a thriving trade centre; in contrast, that in the east, Alcatrazes, only lasted as an official seat from 1484–1516 and is held to have ‘failed’ (see Richter 2015).

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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
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