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Island: Santiagomarker
Municipality: N/A

Distance from the island capital: N/A


about 200 m
about 500 to 600 m
Serra da Malaguetamarker

Principal (Portuguese, meaning principal; Capeverdean Crioulo: Prinsipal), is a village located in the north central part of the island of Santiagomarker, Cape Verdemarker, it is located north-northwest of the island capital of Praiamarker and southeast of Tarrafalmarker. The village is linked by the Tarrafal-Assomadamarker Road as well as the Tarrafal-Praiamarker Road. The Serra da Malaguetamarker lies to the south.

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The area around Principal is very rocky, bushy and grassy. Rocky mountains surround the town, which is filled with traces of trees. Farmlands are in the valley areas, particularly within the village. The average farm size is very small, with many farms being only the size of a basketball or volleyball court.


Most of the older homes are made of stone, mud and brick. Income and living standards are in the low to middle range. Local crops include bananas, pineapples, livestock and other fruits and vegetables. Others work in shops, ports and other businesses. Electricity and phone lines did not reach the community until the late 20th century, and service is still spotty.


Principal offers panoramic views of the mountains around the northern half of the island including Serra da Malagueta.

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