In most history textbooks, particularly those used in schools in the United States, little is written – if anything at all – about the Cabo Verde Islands.
The Cape Verdeans who hailed from this democratic country have made significant contributions to world history, yet the feats of Cape Verdeans, who are of European and African heritage, have seldom been told. Author Marcel Gomes Balla is rectifying this oversight in his new book, The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context.
Mr. Balla is a Cape Verdean who has spent much of his adult life researching and spreading the word about the people of Cabo Verde. The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context provides information that has long been ignored by traditional historians. The author said he wrote the book especially for people who want to learn more about the important role of Cabo Verde in world history but have no idea where to find it.
To start, Cabo Verde is a group of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean located off the coast of West Africa. The archipelago (group of islands), discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, was heavily involved in the Atlantic slave trade. The country gained independence from Portugal on July 5, 1975.
In his book, Mr. Balla reveals many facts about the Cape Verdeans and their impact on North America, including:
•Mateus de Sousa, a seaman, who was believed to have been recruited in Cabo Verde in 1633, served in the Legislative Assembly in the state of Maryland and became the first person of African origins to vote in the history of America. He also participated in the construction of the first Catholic Church in America.