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FOGO - Islands Characteristics

Fogo is basically one large volcano which is over 3000m in height. The volcanic landscape is beautiful and you are still able to see the landscape as it was formed by previous eruptions. Fogo's landscape is very dry and arid in the south but humid and fertile in the north. Of all the islands Fogo is the hottest of all Cape Verde islands. The port of Sao Filipe is Porto du Vale de Cavaleros. Which is situated about 3km from the capital Sao Filipe.

Fogo (Portuguese for "fire") is a volcanic island in the Sotavento group of Cape Verde. It is the most prominent of the group, rising to nearly 3,000 m (10,000 ft) above sea level at Mount Fogo. If you are visiting Fogo then a trip to the Volcano summit is recommended. But it is not for the faint hearted. Guides are there to help you with your trip to the volcano crater - the ascent of 1,200m takes approximately 5 hours and the descent into the crater (180m) takes approximately 2 hours. The volcano has been historically active, last erupting in 1995, forming a new crater called Pico Pequeno. Its largest feature is a 9 km wide caldera, which has walls 1 km high. The caldera has a breach in its eastern rim, and a large peak rises in the centre. A violent eruption took place in 1680. The mountain of the island was visible over hundreds of kilometres and lasted for a few years. It was during this eruption that the island earned its name.

The central cone Pico forms the highest point of the island and its summit is about 100 m higher than the surrounding wall of the caldera. Lava from the volcano has reached the eastern coast of the island within historical times.

Fog is the group of Sotavento west of Santiago and east of Brava The island's main town is São Filipe, near which is the airport. First settled in the 1480s, it is largely an agricultural island. The islands also houses schools, a gymnasium, banks, a post office, some hotels and squares (praças). . Fogo has fertile land in the southwest with a slope of about 10 to 15 degrees. The north and the east are slopey. The entire island is a seamount, called the Cadamosto Seamount, and the surrounding ocean can be as deep as 5,300 m at a distance of 5 km from the shoreline. The exception is to the west, but it is connected with another seamount further west in Brava.

History

Fogo was discovered in 1460 by an Italian captain António Noli and was first called São Filipe meaning Saint Philip in Portuguese. The Portuguese settled the island in 1500. Emigration started in 1850, mainly to North America. The island used to have slavery. The 1910 civil revolution in Portugal drew aristocracy and large landowners back to Portugal and left civilians behind. A small museum on Fogo explains many of these connections.

Economics

The economy of the island is based on agriculture and fishing, with coffee and wine among the main products. Many private households live off remittances from emigrants in the US and other countries as the island has a substantial diaspora. Many emigrants send some money to their relatives in the island even if the senders and receivers no longer know each other. Tourism is steadily becoming popular.

Tourist activities

Horse riding is provided at Cha das Caldeiras and this allows people to explore the volcano on horseback. The volcano is the island's major attraction but many visitors also come to see relatives. The historic town of São Filipe and Chã das Caldeiras in the volcanic crater receive the bulk of visitors. In Salina de Sao Jorge there is a natural swimming pool with black reefs which is worth a visit. Guides are also available to assist hikers. The slopes in the northeastern part are green and grassy all-year round. The rest of the mountain is dry and barren. One of the southernmost islands in Cape Verde, Fogo receives the most precipitation. The creeks and streams are dry all-year round. São Filipe's buildings use classic Portuguese colonial architecture. Mosteiros in the northeast is the island's second most important town.