History and Facts

The history and facts about the chocolate island Annobón

  • What does the name Annobón mean?

    While there may have been people living on the island at different times during its history before discovery by the Portuguese, there is no evidence for this. Nevertheless the Portuguese discovered the island for themselves and the trade networks connected to the Kingdom of Portugal on New Year’s Day in 1473. In Portuguese, New Year’s Day is Dia do Ano Bom, and it was for this day that the discoverers named the island. Read more…
  • What language do they speak in Annobón?

    Annobón is part of Equatorial Guinea. The first European colonizers were Portuguese. Then the region became Spanish. Now Equatorial Guinea is independent. While the official languages of Equatorial Guinea are Spanish and Portuguese, Spanish is far more common in most of Equatorial Guinea. However, Portuguese is more common on Annobón for several reasons: The liturgy of local Catholics is delivered in Portuguese; and The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, which are a separate state of Portuguese speaking people, are between Annobón and the other parts of Equatorial Guinea. Read more…