Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sao Vicente

Mindelo Branch, Chapel is upstairs
Presidential Palace
Night scene of Mindelo
This rock in the ocean was of little use to anyone before the end of the 18th century.  After its discovery on 22 January 1462, and the traditional release of goats to prey on its delicate vegetation, humans forgot about it, except to land there occasionally with dogs.  Sao Vicente has one superlative natural resource.  The island's harbour is a sweeping curve formed by a crater rim over whose northern side the sea has breached.
In the background is Monte Cara, or face mountain!

Mindelo, the capital, has an air of importance about it these days and is growing wealthier.  Has European flavor.

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