São Nicolau, Cape Verde

island of Cape Verde

São Nicolau is an island of Cape Verde. It is one of the Barlavento group. In 2015, about 12,400 people lived there.[1] The main towns are Ribeira Brava and Tarrafal de São Nicolau.

São Nicolau
Native name:
Nickname: Ilha de Chiquinho
São Nicolau is located in Cape Verde
São Nicolau
São Nicolau
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates16°36′54″N 24°16′16″W / 16.615°N 24.271°W / 16.615; -24.271
Area343 km2 (132 sq mi)
Length44.5 km (27.65 mi)
Width22.0 km (13.67 mi)
Highest elevation1,312 m (4304 ft)
Highest pointMonte Gordo
Concelhos (Municipalities)Ribeira Brava, Tarrafal de São Nicolau
Largest settlementRibeira Brava
Population12,424[1]: 36  (2015)
Pop. density36.2/km2 (93.8/sq mi)

The island was discovered in 1461 or 1462 by Diogo Afonso, together with the islands of São Vicente and Santo Antão.[2]

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16°36′54″N 24°16′16″W / 16.615°N 24.271°W / 16.615; -24.271