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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 Anaga hills. (TN No. 486, 18/10/2013-31/10/2013). In case any of you missed it, here it is again. THEN, IN 2013 … If you go to the Plaza de Espana in Santa Cruz, look north along ...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 Islands, did not pass unnoticed. ...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 next to the Plaza de ...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 defence of Santa Cruz against ...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, but long, long before then ...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 for Africa’, with the new ...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. Over a hundred years ago ...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 of two passengers. In 1912, ...Full Article

The “Golden Age” of shipping in the Canaries

There is a famous definition of the word ‘lies’ that goes, “There are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies and statistics.” But I find statistics interesting and with ...Full Article

General Franco in the Canary Islands

  The Civil War in Spain lasted from 18th July 1936 to 1st April 1939. It was a brutal conflict that can be seen as a preliminary to the ...Full Article
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