Montrond generations, Cape Verde
Fogo island, Cape Verde, 2005.

The threatening volcano Pico Novo towers over the Cape Verde Archipelago. At the bottom of the volcano lies the small village of Cha da Caldeiras, whose houses are made of volcanic stones, and is home to a peculiar aristocracy: the Montronds.

They are the descendants of a French aristocrat who landed on these shores in 1861 and begat an extraordinary number of children from native women. Their unusual blond hair and splendid blue eyes testify to an ascendency in which they take pride.