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Maio
Native name: Dja r’ Mai’
Bela-vista-net-Maio-map.jpg
Geography
Image-Locator map of Maio, Cape Verde.png
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 15°13′33″N 23°9′56″W / 15.22583°N 23.16556°W / 15.22583; -23.16556
Area 269 square kilometres (104 sq mi)
Length 31 kilometres (19 mi)
Width 25 kilometres (16 mi)
Highest point Monte Penoso (436 metres (1,430 ft))
Country
Cape Verde
Concelhos (Municipalities) Maio
Largest city Vila do Maio

Maio (in Cape Verdean Creole: Dja r’ Mai) is the easternmost of the Sotavento islands of Cape Verde. Maio is located south of the islands of Boa Vista and east of Santiago. The island is also known for its large forest, which is unusual for Cape Verde.

The whole island of Maio makes up the Maio Municipality. The municipality includes only one parish, Nossa Senhora da Luz.

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Geography

Maio
Municipality
Country  Cape Verde
Island Maio
Seat town Vila do Maio
Area 269 km2 (104 sq mi)
Population 5,435 (2005)
Density 20 /km2 (52 /sq mi)
ISO 3166-2 code CV-MA
CGN-CV code 61
Demonym Maiense, ~s pl
Website: http://www.anmcv.org/portugues/membro.php?id=maio

The island covers an area of 269 km². The tallest mountain on the island (436 m) is on the east coast, in a mountain range named Monte Penoso. Terra Salgadas is a plain filled with salt, in the far north. The northernmost point on the island is Ponta Cais. Bays includes Galeão and Santana to the north. The island’s main town is Vila do Maio, also known as Porto Inglês, near which its airport lies.

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Settlements

History

It was named after its first sighting on May 1, 1460.

Population

The island population is about 5,435 and the population density is 20.2/km².

Demography

Population of Maio, Cape Verde (1940—2010)
1940[1] 1950[1] 1960[1] 1970[1] 1980[1] 1990[1] 2000[2] 2010[3]
2237 1924 2680 3466 4098 4969 6754 8303

Economy

The island prospered around salt collecting, with a little agriculture and grazing, but none of the industries are now profitable.

Other

Maio has a few schools or a collegiate (colegio), a high school, churches, beaches including Galeão and Santana, hotels, a port serving to the islands of Boa Vista and Santiago, and a square (praça).

Sporting teams

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Source: Statoids
  2. ^ Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas.
  3. ^ Source: projection to 2010 from the Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas.

External links

Coordinates: 15°13′33″N 23°9′56″W / 15.22583°N 23.16556°W / 15.22583; -23.16556


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