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Remembering British war dead

Recently we remembered those who gave their lives in the First World War. This article is about men who died in a battle long before.Full Article

“Torre del Conde” of La Gomera

Through the pages of the ‘Tenerife News’, may I make a suggestion to the Cabildo of Gomera, the Ayuntamiento of San Sebastian and the University of La Laguna, that an archaeological ...Full Article

Kings and queens

In Santa Cruz the Museo de Bellas Artes in Calle Jose Murphy, next to the Plaza del Principe, houses a collection of paintings and sculptures dating from the 16th century to ...Full Article

Hugh Salvin and Simon Bolivar “The liberator” of South América

On 5th January 1824 HMS ‘Cambridge’, under the command of Captain Thomas Maling, set sail from England for South America to take four British Consuls, their families and their staff, ...Full Article

Hugh Salvin in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1824

On 5th January 1824 HMS Cambridge, under the command of Captain Thomas Maling, set sail from England for South America to take four British Consuls, their families and their staff, making ...Full Article

HUGH AND JEFFERY SALVIN

The name of Reverend Hugh Salvin will be familiar to a lot of people in Alston, Cumberland. He left his name in Salvin House, opposite the Cumberland Hotel, and ...Full Article

The Mando Economico of the Canary Islands

In the Anaga hills, high on a ridge above the valley of Igueste de San Andres, is a little ruined hamlet of about six or seven houses called Las Casillas. ...Full Article

The Spanish inquisition in the Canary Islands

Mention the Spanish Inquisition to many people and images of the ridiculous ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ sketch come to mind, when bursting into a room shouting, “No one expects the Spanish ...Full Article

JOHN HAWKINS…An English pirate in Tenerife

Every English person has heard of Francis Drake, to us he was a hero who circumnavigated the world, ‘singed the king of Spain’s beard’ when he destroyed the Spanish fleet ...Full Article

The fascination of Teide

At a height of about 3,700m Teide is the highest mountain in Spain. It sits in a geological depression called ‘Las Canadas,’ which is a gigantic, collapsed dome of rock. ...Full Article
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