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Part II: Tenerife under Siege

After the Battle of Santa Cruz on the 25th July 1797, in which Nelson lost not only the battle, but also his right arm, he sailed away from Tenerife physically maimed and mentally broken; he believed his naval career was finished. Nelson was an egotist, but one of his endearing characteristics was to recognise ...Full Article

PART I: Tenerife under Siege

“Don’t worry everyone, this happened a long time ago” The Battle of Santa Cruz took place during the Napoleonic Wars, on the 25th July ...Full Article

A spiritual experience

One thing that Tenerife has plenty of is ravines, or ‘barrancos’ to those in the know. Another feature of which there are many is ...Full Article

Agatha Christie and ‘The man from the sea’

I’m sure everyone in Tenerife knows that Agatha Christie visited the Canary Islands to finish her book ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train’, which ...Full Article

Explorer, translator, soldier and spy

Sir RIchard Burton (1864) By the time he was forty years old, Richard Francis Burton had become famous for his travels in Africa and ...Full Article

25th July – The anniversary of Nelson’s attack on Santa Cruz in 1797

One of the most important days in the history of Tenerife is commemorated with a re-enactment every year, but if you’d like to find ...Full Article

Jupiter! Hercules! Tiger! Horrible invincible! Dread! and clumsy?

The list sounds like a variation on the seven dwarves, but not so, read on … Here’s something to do for a day out ...Full Article

“It’s industry Jim, but not as we know it”

A little while ago I was given a book entitled ‘Tenerife y sus pueblos’ (‘Tenerife and its towns’, or ‘Tenerife and the thirty-one municipalities ...Full Article

When ‘Enlightenment’ came to Tenerife

Throughout Europe the eighteenth century was a time of growing intellectual ‘enlightenment’, when, in a spirit of inquisitiveness, people wanted to find out more ...Full Article

The small houses of La Laguna

This article might satisfy the curiosity of the inquisitive English tourist or expatriot resident, and perhaps inspire Tinerfenos to look at the small single-storey ...Full Article
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