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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 houses, the ‘casas terreras’, in a new light.Full Article

An unnoticed historic relic: The anchor of HMS Theseus

Whenever the defence of Santa Cruz comes to mind against the assault by the British naval squadron commanded by Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson between July ...Full Article

El Semaforo de Igueste – revisited

A little over two years ago, in October 2013, the ‘Tenerife News’ published an article I’d written about the Semaforo de Igueste in the ...Full Article

The Marquis de Branciforte and Carlos Soler de Carreno y Castilla

Scene 2: WE MEET CARLOS SOLER The acquisition of a fortune by doubtful methods by the Marquis de Branciforte, Commander General of the Canary ...Full Article

The Marquis de Branciforte and Carlos Soler de Carreno y Castilla

The name of Marquis de Branciforte is known in Tenerife mainly as the benefactor who gave Santa Cruz the Almeda Garden, the tree-lined avenue ...Full Article

The 218th anniversary of Nelson’s attack on Santa Cruz

By the time you read this, the 25th of July will be long gone, but the story of this year’s commemoration of the heroic ...Full Article

The Canary Islands before the tourists came

Since the 1960’s the economy of the Canary Islands has been increasingly and heavily dependent upon tourism, a large percentage of which is British, ...Full Article

The disaster of 1898

Towards the end of the 19th century European countries were very keen to acquire new colonies in the far east and in the ‘Race ...Full Article

The Old Tramway of Tenerife

The ‘Tranvia’ tram service that runs every few minutes between Santa Cruz and La Laguna is not the first electric-powered rail transport on Tenerife. ...Full Article

The Canaries viewed from on-board ship 100 years ago

In the last issue of the Tenerife News, we learnt about freight shipping to the Canary Islands. This time we read about the experiences ...Full Article
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