The island discovered in 1452 (by João de Teive, his son and Diogo de Teive), donated on 20 January 1453 to D. Afonso of Bragança On 1 March 1504, the captaincy was donated to João da Fonesca by D. Manuel I. By 1510, the area of Lajes consisted of a significant population; it had benefited from its natural port and the settlement was elevated to the status of vila by the Portuguese government . The primitive church was constructed in the present location of the cemetery, but was burned-down by English privateers on July 25, 1587 . The parish includes several smaller agglomerations and metropoles, that include the localities of Jogo da Bola, Pátio Grande, Ribeira Seca, Monte, Morros, Outeiro Negro, and Vila de Baixo.
Between 1960 and 1980, emigrants of this parish became inhabitants mainly of the United States and Canada.In 2001, the parish included 545 population (37% adolescents/children, 49% adults and 14% seniors), 437 registered to vote.In 2011, the population is 627.