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"Grand Canyon" of Cape Verde

View from the Fortaleza Real de Sao Filipe on the island of Santiago. The pirate raids - particularly by Sir Francis Drake in 1585 - forced the Portuguese to move the trade to Praia. The remnants of the heyday are the ruins of the cathedral, built in 1693 and the pillory on the square in the old town, where the chained slaves were offered for sale. Most impressive, however, perhaps is the location of the city between the sea and the mouth of a canyon, which remains green thanks to the water even in the dry months. A beautiful view point is at the end of the footpath to the castle on the cliff, the Fortaleza Real de São Filipe.

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