Photographer's Note

I have used Google to translate the phrase from the mural “Viagens nas tintas” and that is how I got the title for this photo. When I searched further, I found that “Viagens nas tintas” is a project of the artist Joaquim Semedo. He creates murals on all islands of Cape Verde. You can check his other works on his Facebook page:
This mural was photographed along the main street of Sal Rei the capital town of Boa Vista.

When we talk about the independence of Cape Verde, it has to be noted that before arrival of Portuguese explorers the islands were uninhabited. Portuguese did not invade the islands. They built here everything from scratch. There were no “native Cape Verdeans”. However, since the Portuguese colony was an important stop in the Atlantic slave trade, people arriving from mainland Africa mixed with the Portuguese settlers creating in the result a new Cape Verdean nation which in 1975 became independent from Portugal.

The local language (Cape Verdean Creole) well illustrates the complexity of the local culture: I read somewhere that the vocabulary is in 90% Portuguese while the grammar is mainly taken from African languages.

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