Mindelo is a port city in the northern part of the island of São Vicente in Cape Verde. Mindelo is also the seat of the parish of Nossa Senhora da Luz, and the municipality of São Vicente. The city is home to 93% of the entire island's population. Mindelo is known for its colourful and animated carnival celebrations, with roots in Portuguese traditions later influenced by the Brazilian culture.
|Civil parish||Nossa Senhora da Luz|
A settlement at Mindelo was founded in 1793 by the Portuguese.:34 It was initially named Nossa Senhora da Luz, renamed Leopoldina around 1820 after the Queen consort. In 1838 it was renamed Mindelo after the 1832 Landing at Mindelo, north of Porto.:42–48 It became a coal deposit for ships of the British East India Company in 1838, followed by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1850. The settlement became a town (vila) in 1858, and had 1,400 inhabitants then.:55 It became a city (cidade) in 1879, and had 3,717 inhabitants then.:61–63 In 1884 a submarine communications cable was laid between Europe, Africa, India and North America, making Mindelo an important communications centre for the British Empire.
From the beginning of the 20th century the port of Mindelo lost its importance for transatlantic navigation. Causes for this were the shift from coal to oil as fuel for ships, the rise of competing ports like Dakar and the Canary Islands and the lack of investment in port infrastructure.:76–80 Between 1910 and 1940 there were several strikes in Mindelo, and on 7 June 1934 there were riots in the streets of Mindelo, caused by unemployment and poverty. One man was killed, several were injured.
Between 1940 and 1958 three prolonged periods of severe drought, combined with soil erosion and overgrazing, brought famine in Cape Verde. In the whole archipelago, about 45,000 people died and 20,000 people emigrated. Mindelo attracted immigrants, notably from nearby Santo Antão, and continued to grow.:86
Mindelo is situated at the Porto Grande Bay, a large natural harbour. The town is surrounded by low mountains: the Monte Cara and the Morro Branco headland to the west, and the Monte Verde to the east. The town is crossed by the river Ribeira de Julião.
The city is divided into the following localities for statistical reasons:
- Alto Miramar
- Alto Morabeza
- Alto Santo António
- Alto São Nicolau
- Alto Solarine/Forca
- Atrás do Cemitério/Sul do Cemitério
- Bela Vista/Pedreira
- Chã de Alecrim
- Chã de Cemitério
- Chã de Monte Sossego
- Chê Guevarra
- City center/Morada
- Cruz João Evora
- Dji d'Sal
- Fernando Pó
- Fonte Cónego
- Fonte Filipe
- Fonte Françês
- Fonte Inês/Espia
- Fonte Meio/Madeiralzinho
- Fortinho/Escola Técnica
- Horta Seca
- Monte Sossego
- Pedra Rolada
- Ribeira Bote
- Ribeira da Craquinha
- Ribeira de Julião
- Ribeira de Passarão
- Vila Nova/Lombo Tanque
- Zona Industrial Sul
- Zona Militar
Mindelo city has a desert climate (classified as BWh according to Köppen's and Geiger's systematization), much akin to Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Las Palmas on the Canary Islands with only difference of being somewhat warmer during winter months. The average annual temperature in Mindelo is 23.6 °C (74 °F). It is very dry with only 127 mm (5 in) annual precipitation.
|Climate data for Mindelo (1981–2010)|
|Record high °C (°F)||29.2
|Average high °C (°F)||23.4
|Daily mean °C (°F)||21.9
|Average low °C (°F)||19.9
|Record low °C (°F)||16.5
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||4.8
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||4||5||2||2||2||18|
|Average relative humidity (%)||66.1||67.6||67.2||68.2||70.1||72.9||72.7||74.0||74.2||72.8||69.4||67.3||70.2|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||229.4||237.3||275.9||291.0||306.9||276.0||248.0||226.3||225.0||238.7||225.0||201.5||2,981|
|Mean daily sunshine hours||7.4||8.4||8.9||9.7||9.9||9.2||8.0||7.3||7.5||7.7||7.5||6.5||8.2|
|Source 1: Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia e Geofísica|
|Source 2: Deutscher Wetterdienst (extremes, precipitation days, and sun)|
Its economy consists mainly of business, fishing, shipping, boating and more commonly tourism which developed more recently. Mindelo has several hotels, restaurants and tourist agencies.
The main streets of Mindelo are Avenida Marginal along the waterfront, and the perpendicular Rua Libertadores de África (former Rua Lisboa). Many colonial buildings from the 19th and early 20th century have been preserved in the city centre. Sites of interest include::118–127
- Paços do Concelho, built 1860–1873, the city hall of the municipality of São Vicente
- Palácio do Povo (People's Palace), the former Palácio do Governo (Government Palace), built in 1874, expanded in 1928-34
- Our Lady of the Light Cathedral, Catholic church built in 1862, seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mindelo
- Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design, built as the house of Senator Vera Cruz at the end of the 19th century, now houses exhibitions from Cape Verdean craftsmen
- Fortim d'El Rei, a former fortress built in 1852
- Torre de Belém, on the waterfront, a 1918-1937 replica of the Belém Tower in Lisbon
- Farol do Ilhéu dos Pássaros, lighthouse on Ilhéu dos Pássaros
- Municipal market, built in 1878
- the former Customs House, now the Cultural Centre of Mindelo, built 1858-1860
- Former British Consulate, built in the 1870s
Mindelo has been twinned with the following cities:
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
- University of Cape Verde, Faculty of Engineering and Maritime Sciences and School of Business and Governance
- Jean Piaget University of Cape Verde - Mindelo campus
- University of Mindelo - Cape Verde's third university
- Escola Jorge Barbosa (Liceu Velho) - a campus of the University of Cape Verde
- Liceu Ludgero Lima - a middle school
At the 2010 census, Mindelo had 70,468 inhabitants. It is the second largest city in Cape Verde after Praia.
|Population of the city of Mindelo (1980–2010)|
Mindelo has several sports teams that includes the city, Académica, Corinthians and Derby are clubs that includes the entire island.
- Académica do Mindelo – football, basketball, athletics
- Batuque FC - football
- GS Castilho – football, cricket
- FC Derby – football
- CS Mindelense – football, the oldest club in Cape Verde
The main football stadium is Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena. Basketball, volleyball and futsal are played at Polivalente de Amarante in the southwest.
- Bana – singer
- Bau – guitar and cavaquinho player
- Yorgan de Castro - mixed martial artist who competes in the Heavyweight division of the UFC
- B. Leza (1905-1958) – writer, composer and singer
- Josimar Dias (born 1986) – footballer, also called Vozinha
- Bela Duarte – artist
- Cesária Évora (1941-2011) – folk singer
- Fantcha – singer
- Humberto Duarte Fonseca (1916-1983) – scientist
- Corsino Fortes (1933-2015) – writer
- Fock – footballer
- Sergio Frusoni (1901-1975) – poet
- António Aurélio Gonçalves (1901-1984)– writer, critic, historian and professor
- Leão Lopes – community developer, documentary-maker, politician
- Manuel Lopes (1907–2005) – writer, one of the founders of Claridade
- João Cleofas Martins (born 1901) - photographer and humorist
- Ovídio Martins (born 1928) - poet
- Vasco Martins – musician
- Tito Paris (born 1968) – musician
- Gualberto do Rosário (born 1950) – acting Prime Minister and later Prime Minister of Cape Verde
- Onésimo Silveira (1935–2021) – poet, diplomat and a political activist
- Jenifer Solidade (born 1984) - singer
- Carlos Veiga (born 1949) – former Prime Minister of Cape Verde
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Mindelo.|
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- Cabo Verde, Statistical Yearbook 2015, Instituto Nacional de Estatística, p. 32-33
- Génese e desenvolvimento da cidade do Mindelo: a preservação de uma identidade, Fred Yanick Fonseca Delgado, 2016
- Mindelo: entre a Ficção e a Realidade, buala.org
- Keese, Alexander (2012). "Managing the Prospect of Famine. Cape Verdean Officials, Subsistence Emergencies, and the Change of Elite Attitudes During Portugal's Late Colonial Phase, 1939-1961" (PDF). Itinerario. XXXVI (1): 49–69. doi:10.1017/S0165115312000368.
- Capital Lusófona 2003 (in Portuguese)
- "2010 Census results São Vicente". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016.
- "Normais Climatológicas" (in Portuguese). Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia e Geofísica. Archived from the original on 29 December 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
- "Klimatafel von Mindelo / Sao Vicente / Kapverden (Rep. Kap Verde)" (PDF). Baseline climate means (1961-1990) from stations all over the world (in German). Deutscher Wetterdienst. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
- Source: City Population, citing the Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas.