Cape Verde Emigration and Immigration

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Research use: Provides information on the origins for many persons being taken elsewhere. Also provides information on the large emigré community.

Record type: Passenger lists.

General: Lists of those arriving, primarily from West Africa, and/or departing for other destinations within the Portuguese Empire, Europe, or elsewhere. Also, lists of slaves and their destinations.

Time period: 1600-present.

Contents: Names of passengers, often names of family members and family relationships, place of origin or embarkation, destinations; ships’ manifests of slave cargoes arriving primarily from Guinea-Bisseau and their destinations.

Location: Nation Archive; some are located in the National Archive of Portugal in Lisbon.

Population coverage: 60-80% percent of those arriving and departing.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Cape Verde,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1992-1999.