Corvo literally translated means the “Island of the Crow”. There have been archealogical finds that suggest that this island may have been inhabited long before Portuguese occupation and, Genovese maps as early as 1351 indicate at least a navigational knowledge of the island.

The “official Portuguese history” shows that the navigator Diogo de Teive discovered this island in 1452. The settlement occurred however in two phases. First, sheep were dropped off on the island to both clear the land to prepare for settlement in addition to providing future meat for the colonists. Azores Islands InformationOver the next two to three years, provisions were collected and potential colonists were recruited. Initial attempts at settlement proved difficult at best and it wasn’t until 1580 when the first permanent settlement appeared to be viable.

In 1674 the first religious parish was established and then in 1832, became a functioning civilian administration.

Today, there are few sheep. They have been replaced primarily with beef cattle which you will see grazing in the islands meadows today.

Azores Islands InformationRemaining handicrafts of the wool era, are caps and berets however, the tradition of working with wool has almost disappeared. Other interesting handicrafts of the area, are wood locks entirely made of wood, along with their matching wood keys, as well as embroidery and lace decorative items.

The island trails provide for some incredible views of this islands scenery.

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