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Brava
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Geography
Location Atlantic Ocean
Area 62.51 km2 (24.14 sq mi)
Length 10.5 km (6.52 mi)
Width 9.3 km (5.78 mi)
Highest elevation 976 m (3,202 ft)
Highest point Monte Fontainhas
Administration
Municipality Brava
Largest settlement Nova Sintra
Demographics
Population 5,698 (2015)
Pop. density 91.2 /km2 (236.2 /sq mi)

Brava is an island in Cape Verde. It is in the Sotavento group. It is the smallest inhabited island of the Cape Verde archipelago.

For more than a century, its main industry was whaling. Now it is primarily agricultural.

History

Brava was discovered in 1462 by the Portuguese explorer Diogo Afonso. Around 1620 the population of Brava started with the arrival of settlers from Madeira and the Azores.

Geography

Monte Fontainhas is the highest point on the island, reaching 976 metres elevation.

Municipality

Administratively, the island of Brava is covered by one municipality. There are 2 civil parishes: São João Baptista and Nossa Senhora do Monte. The municipal seat is the city Nova Sintra.

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