Santiago, Cape Verde

Santiago (Portuguese for “Saint James”) is the largest island of Cape Verde, its most important agricultural centre and home to half the nation's population. Part of the Sotavento Islands, it lies between the islands of Maio (26 km (16 mi) to the east) and Fogo (55 kilometres (34 miles) to the west). It was the first of the islands to be settled: the town of Ribeira Grande (now Cidade Velha and a UNESCO World Heritage Site[2]) was founded in 1462. Santiago is home to the nation's capital city of Praia.

Santiago
Native name:
Santiagu
Nickname: Ilha-berço (cradle island)
Santiago
Santiago
Geography
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates15°04′N 23°38′W
Area991 km2 (383 sq mi)
Length54.9 km (34.11 mi)
Width28.8 km (17.9 mi)
Highest elevation1,392 m (4567 ft)
Highest pointPico de Antónia
Administration
Concelhos (Municipalities)Praia, Ribeira Grande de Santiago, Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, São Domingos, São Lourenço dos Órgãos, São Miguel, São Salvador do Mundo, Tarrafal
Largest settlementPraia (pop. 151,436)
Demographics
Population294,135[1]:36 (2015)
Pop. density296.8/km2 (768.7/sq mi)