Santa Catarina, Cape Verde

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Santa Catarina
Municipality
Assomada-Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Fatima.jpg
Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Fátima, Assomada, Cabo Verde
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Coordinates: 15°06′N23°43′W / 15.10°N 23.71°W / 15.10; -23.71 Coordinates: 15°06′N23°43′W / 15.10°N 23.71°W / 15.10; -23.71
Country Cape Verde
Island Santiago
Area
  Total242.6 km2 (93.7 sq mi)
Population
 (2010) [1]
  Total43,297
  Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
ID72
Website cmscst.cv

Santa Catarina is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. It is situated in the western part of the island of Santiago. Its seat is the city of Assomada. Its population was 45,920 in 2017 (estimate). [2] Its area is 242.6 km2 (93.7 sq mi). [3]

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Subdivisions

The municipality consists of one freguesia (civil parish), Santa Catarina. The freguesia is subdivided into the following settlements (population data as of 2010): [1]

Geography

The municipality of Santa Catarina has a rugged relief, characterised by steep slopes that border the river valleys, rocky peaks and volcanic cones. Its mountains, including Serra Malagueta and Pico da Antónia, are the highest of the island. [5] :19 Santa Catarina borders Tarrafal to the north, São Miguel to the northeast, Santa Cruz to the east, São Salvador do Mundo to the southeast and Ribeira Grande de Santiago to the south.

History

The municipality of Santa Catarina was created in 1834. At this time, it consisted of the parishes Santa Catarina do Mato (the current municipality of Santa Catarina), São Salvador do Mundo, São Miguel, Santo Amaro Abade and São João Baptista. [5] :19 [6] Initially, its seat was the new town of Picos, between 1859 and 1869 it was Achada Falcão (Cruz Grande), between 1869 and 1912 Tarrafal, and since 1912 Assomada. [5] :37–43

The parishes São João Baptista and São Salvador do Mundo became part of the municipality of Praia in 1872. [5] :29 [6] In 1917, the two northern parishes of the municipality Santo Amaro Abade and São Miguel were split off to become the Municipality of Tarrafal. [7] The parish of São Salvador do Mundo became part of the municipality Santa Catarina again in 1971, [6] and in May 2005 it was split off to become a separate municipality. [8]

Demography

Population of Santa Catarina (1940—2017)
YearPopulation
1940 [9]
26,848
1950 [9]
19,428
1960 [9]
30,207
1970 [9]
41,462
1980 [9] [10]
41,012
1990 [9] [10]
41,584
2000 [9] [10]
50,024
2018 [3]
46,335
2017 [2]
45,920

Persons

Politics

At the federal level, it belongs to the constituency of Santiago North. Since 2012, the Movement for Democracy (MpD) is the ruling party of the municipality. The results of the latest elections, in 2016: [11]

PartyMunicipal CouncilMunicipal Assembly
Votes%SeatsVotes%Seats
MpD 49.86949.7411
PAICV 47.17047.1710

Presidents

Festivities

The municipality's main festivity is the festival of Saint Catherine which takes place on November 24.

International relations

Santa Catarina is twinned with:

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References

  1. 1 2 "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Cape Verde Population Statistics". citypopulation.de.
  3. 1 2 2010 Census Summary
  4. 1 2 Cabo Verde, Statistical Yearbook 2015, Instituto Nacional de Estatística, p. 32-33
  5. 1 2 3 4 Evolução histórica do Concelho de Santa Catarina (1834 – 1912), Ana Zenaida Gomes, 2005
  6. 1 2 3 Picos: a terra e a gente, Emanuel de Jesus Monteiro Vaz Fernandes, ISE, 2005, p. 27-29
  7. "History" (in Portuguese). Municipality of Tarrafal.
  8. Lei nº 65/VI/2005, p. 43
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Source: Statoids
  10. 1 2 3 Includes the population of the present-day São Salvador do Mundo municipality.
  11. Official results local elections 2016, Boletim Oficial I Série, Número 53, 23 September 2016
  12. 1 2 3 "Geminações de Cidades e Vilas" [Twinning of Cities and Towns]. Associação Nacional de Municípios Portugueses [National Association of Portuguese Municipalities] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-08-20.