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São Vicente is one of the islands belonging to the archipelago of Cape Verde, situated off the coast of West Africa. The island was discovered by 1462, and functioned as a port of call in the voyages across the Atlantic. In the slave trade, São Vicente served as base for the Portuguese on the coast of West Africa. The image is of a map produced by the Portuguese Commander José Joaquim Lopes de Lima in 1827, but published only in 1844. It provides the depth of the island’s bay as well as an illustration of the town of Mindelo with its main buildings. The slave trade in the north Atlantic was illegal in 1815, but historical records show that the islands of Cape Verde remained engaged in this activity even after that year. The image is reproduced courtesy of the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.
J.J. Lopes de Lima, Ensaios sobre a Statística das Possessões Portuguezas... (Lisbon, 1844-62), vol. 1, part 2, between pp. 72-73.