Tarrafal, Cape Verde (municipality)

Tarrafal is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. It is situated in the northern part of the island of Santiago. Its seat is the town Tarrafal. Its population was 18,565 at the 2010 census, and its area is 120.8 km2.[2]

Tarrafal
Municipality
Municipal hall of Tarrafal
Municipal hall of Tarrafal
Location of Tarrafal
Coordinates: 15°16′N 23°43′W / 15.26°N 23.71°W / 15.26; -23.71Coordinates: 15°16′N 23°43′W / 15.26°N 23.71°W / 15.26; -23.71
CountryCape Verde
IslandSantiago
Area
 • Total120.8 km2 (46.6 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)[1]
 • Total18,565
 • Density150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Postal code
7100
ID71
Websitehttp://www.cmt.cv/
General view of the town and the bay
Beach
Saint Amaro Abade Church
Market Hall

SubdivisionsEdit

The municipality consists of one freguesia (civil parish), Santo Amaro Abade. The freguesia is subdivided into the following settlements (population data from the 2010 census):[1]

HistoryEdit

The municipality was created in 1917, when two northern parishes of the older Municipality of Santa Catarina were split off to become the Municipality of Tarrafal. In 1997, the southeastern part of the municipality was split off to become the Municipality of São Miguel.[4] Under Salazar the Tarrafal Concentration Camp was built on the plain south of town (Chão Bom) to contain opponents of the political regime.

DemographyEdit

Population of Tarrafal (1940—2010)
Year Population
1940[5][6]
18,840
1950[5][6]
13,222
1960[5][6]
19,140
1970[5][6]
26,251
1980[5][6]
24,202
1990[5]
11,626
2000[5]
18,059
2010[2]
18,565

PoliticsEdit

At the federal level, it belongs to the constituency of Santiago North. Since 2004, the Movement for Democracy (MpD) is the ruling party of the municipality. The results of the latest elections, in 2016:[7]

Party Municipal Council Municipal Assembly
Votes% Seats Votes% Seats
MpD 53.70 7 54.22 10
PAICV 43.11 0 42.54 7

Notable peopleEdit

International relationsEdit

Tarrafal is twinned with the following municipalities in Portugal:[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b 2010 Census Summary
  3. ^ a b c Cabo Verde, Statistical Yearbook 2015, Instituto Nacional de Estatística, p. 32-33
  4. ^ História Câmara municipal, Câmara municipal do Tarrafal
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Statoids
  6. ^ a b c d e Includes the population of the present-day São Miguel municipality.
  7. ^ Official results local elections 2016, Boletim Oficial I Série, Número 53, 23 September 2016
  8. ^ Geminações de Cidades e Vilas

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