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The archipelago is made up of the islands of Sao Tome,
Principe, and several small islets.
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The island republic of Sao Tome and Principe lies about 200 km west
of Gabon, in the Gulf of Guinea.
Sao Tome is the largest and southernmost of the major islands.
The capital is also called Sao Tome, and is on the north-east coast of the island of
The first Portuguese navigators to discover the islands, while
searching for a route to India in the early 1470s, probably found no inhabitants.
The Portuguese shipped convicts and Jews here, and imported African
slaves to work their sugar fields.
After cacao was introduced in 1822, Sao Tome and Principe went on
to become a leading world producer.
Sao Tome and Principe gained independence on July 12th, 1975, after
the coup in Portugal, and many plantation owners fled the islands.
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Airports and Airlines:
An International airport serves Sao Tome.
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Equador Ilheu das Rolas:
Avenida Marginal 12 de Julho, Ilheu das Rolas, Sao Tome and
Located on Ilheu das Rolas, about 60km from the capital of Sao Tome
and Principe, the Pestana Equador is ideal for romantic holidays or nautical sports.
Access is only by boat, departing from Porto Alegre, on the island of Sao Tome.
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The official language of Sao Tome is Portuguese; although 90% of
the population speaks Fang, a Bantu language.
A commonwealth of Portuguese-speaking countries was formed on July
17th, 1996, to preserve the Portuguese language, co-ordinate diplomatic efforts, and
improve co-operation among its members: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and Sao Tome and Principe.
Teach yourself basic Portuguese before you visit Sao Tome and Principe.
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