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Grog, or sugar cane liquor, is manufactured on the islands and is a popular drink, particularly among the men. Many Catholic saints' days are observed throughout the year.Food and its preparation play a large part in these celebrations.
In 1951, the Portuguese changed Cape Verde's status from colony to overseas province and in 1961, granted full Portuguese citizenship to all Cape Verdeans.Cape Verdeans have a strong sense of pride in the specific culture of their own island. Of the remainder, 28 percent is black African, and 1 percent is white.Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, is a rapidly growing urban center.After 1876, with the decline of slave trade, the islands lost much of their economic value to the Portuguese.The effects of drought and famine were compounded by poor administration and government corruption.
Some Africans stayed on the island and worked as slaves on the latifundas, or plantations, there.