Calheta, Cape Verde
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|Parish:||Nossa Senhora da Luz
|Distance from the island capital of Vila do Maio:||
about 10 to 15 km northeast
|Atlantic Ocean (west)
around 10 to 20 m
around 250 to 300 m (southeast)
Calheta (in Cape Verdean Creole, written in ALUPEC: Kadjéta) is a village in the western part of the island of Maio. The village is around 10 to 15 km north of the island capital of Vila do Maio and about 6 km south of Morrinho and it is linked with a road with the road that encircles the entire island. It is the island's largest communities.
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The village is located in the western part of the island and is situated in a dry climate that receives little precipitation annually. Farmlands are the island's most common and are mainly of cattle, groves and some fruits and vegetables and rarely some fruit productions and are nearly the size of the football field and its only has about tens of farms, some foodstuffs are received from the northern and the southern parts of the nation as well as the island. The area are predominantly flat covering much of the area except for the southeastern portion which are mountainous and hilly and it covers approximately one-third of the area around parish. Its soil color ranges from tan to red. A promontory is situated west.
The village is in the island's low to mid class. Most of the houses are built with stone and concrete, several houses are built with either steel reinforced concrete or with stone and wood, a few homes are made up of mud and brick. Most of its population are farmers and are based in agriculture. The area received no income until the mid to late-20th century. However, a part of the needy materials comes from the island capital, the island capital and the diaspora. But for other needs, electricity, communications and appliances arrived in the late-20th century in the area as well as phone lines. A part of the necessities also comes from the island capital.