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View Poll Results: Who are the Cape Verdean people most similar to?
mainland West Africa 6 42.86%
Afro-Latin America (Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Brazilians) 8 57.14%
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Old 10-02-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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Although, off the coast of Africa, its history parallels that of Latin American countries like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.
Unlike Latin America, it was uninhabited and had no natives. In the 1400s, Portuguese settlers (who had a similar language and culture to that of Spain, which become the root of Latin American culture) brought slaves from the West African mainland. The racial demographics is mostly made of people who are racially mixed white European and black African ("Mulattos"), similar to that of the Dominican Republic, and to a lesser degree Puerto Rico, Cuba, and parts of Brazil, but without the native admixture. So instead of Triracials, their straight up mulattos.
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:10 PM
 
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As a rule of thumb, the closer 2 countries are the closer they are. Cape Verde is African and has nothing to do with Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica etc
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:41 PM
 
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Although, off the coast of Africa, its history parallels that of Latin American countries like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.
Unlike Latin America, it was uninhabited and had no natives. In the 1400s, Portuguese settlers (who had a similar language and culture to that of Spain, which become the root of Latin American culture) brought slaves from the West African mainland. The racial demographics is mostly made of people who are racially mixed white European and black African ("Mulattos"), similar to that of the Dominican Republic, and to a lesser degree Puerto Rico, Cuba, and parts of Brazil, but without the native admixture. So instead of Triracials, their straight up mulattos.
I always think of them as a little part of Brazil half-way between Portugal and Brazil.
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:50 PM
 
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I always think of them as a little part of Brazil half-way between Portugal and Brazil.

It shares some linguistic similarities with Brazil (though Cape Verdeans speak Creole language) but has nothing in common with the Hispanic Caribbean countries the OP listed.
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Old 10-02-2018, 08:58 PM
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Cape Verdeans are unique and they speak Creole the only Latin Americans that make any sense to compare them to are Afro-Brazilians as far as the African component it's closest to Senegal. Some Cape Verdeans have a heavy African component but most are very mulatto of every possible shade.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:26 PM
 
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Cape Verdeans are unique and they speak Creole the only Latin Americans that make any sense to compare them to are Afro-Brazilians as far as the African component it's closest to Senegal. Some Cape Verdeans have a heavy African component but most are very mulatto of every possible shade.
Yeah, I was thinking that I'd classify them to SALVADOR in Brazil...which is the heart of African-Brazilian, but you still have every shade in Salvador too, it is just more darker shades than the rest of Brazil which can be quite European or Indigenous in parts.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:38 PM
 
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It shares some linguistic similarities with Brazil (though Cape Verdeans speak Creole language) but has nothing in common with the Hispanic Caribbean countries the OP listed.
How so? Cape Verde and the Hispanic Caribbean are both predominantly Mulatto (with the latter having a small native admixture). They both have a mixed West African and Iberian (Spanish/Portuguese) culture.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:56 PM
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Some old school Cape Verdean Music

This sounds very African to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YIl81obl3c

The meloncholy of this seems to be a Portuguese influence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ncJLWgko5w


New Cape Verdean Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEVXabyWniY
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:13 AM
 
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How so? Cape Verde and the Hispanic Caribbean are both predominantly Mulatto (with the latter having a small native admixture). They both have a mixed West African and Iberian (Spanish/Portuguese) culture.

Because "West Africa" and "Iberian" are umbrella terms. DR, Cuba and PR received some Spanish influence but have long been disconnected to their African roots. Cape Verde was colonized by Portugal but has never left Africa. Also, being in Caribbean those place developed their own culture because they experience another environment away from Africa. Jamaica, Haiti, PR, Martinique, Cuba or the Barbados might not speak the same language but you can notice a common denominator. On the other hand, if you listen to music from Cape Verde you can perceive typically African beats that find in nearby Senegal for instance.
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:30 AM
 
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The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese, although the common population speaks an off-shot of that in the form of Cape Verdean Creole. In that aspect, it compares to Haiti(where French is the official language but most outside of the elite speak a Creole off-shot). On the other sense, having Portuguese as the official language about half or more of the population being a mixed West African/Portuguese(similar to the DR, Brazil e.g.), it fits the profile of a latino nation, if it wasn't for the fact that it is part of Africa and not Latin America.

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