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Saturday, January 10, 2009

São Tomé e Príncipe

The little-discovered islands of São Tomé e Príncipe provide unspoiled beauty and isolation from the world now rarely found anywhere else. The islands lie on an alignment of once-active volcanoes, with rugged landscapes, dense forests and palm-fringed beaches, 250km (155 miles) off the coast of West Africa. Exotic birds inhabit tropical jungles on islands that form Africa's smallest country.The picturesque town of São Tomé lies exactly on the equator, with colonial Portuguese architecture and attractive parks.The history of the islands is dominated by the slave trade and slave-worked plantations. The islands form one of the smallest countries in Africa.