Cape Verde is an
archipelago located off the coast of West Africa. The Portuguese discovered this
archipelago in 1456, and since then it became a port of call in the voyages across the
Atlantic. Cape Verde also produced sugar in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, but in
fact the archipelago’s major activity was the slave trade. Cape Verde worked as base for
the Portuguese slave trading activities on the coast of West Africa. The image is of a map
of Cape Verde published by the Portuguese Commander José Joaquim Lopes de Lima in 1844.
The map shows all the islands belonging to the archipelago and indicates the names of the
main coastal sites of each island. In 1815 the slave traffic in the north Atlantic was
illegal. Yet, after that year, historical records still show the participation of Cape
Verde in the transatlantic slave trade. The image is reproduced courtesy of the
Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.