country on a group of islands in the Atlantic, c. 300 mi (483 km) west of Cape Verde (seeCape Verde): the islands were under Portuguese control from 1587 until the granting of independence, 1975: 1,557 sq mi (4,033 sq km); pop. 337,000; cap. Praia
See Cape Verde in American Heritage Dictionary 4
An island country of the Atlantic Ocean west of Senegal. The islands were settled by the Portuguese in the mid-15th century, became a colony in 1495 and an overseas province in 1951, and gained independence in 1975. Praia, on São Tiago Island, is the capital. Population: 424,000.