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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 a bit of mind bending they can tell a story. In one of the appendices to Olivia Stone’s book, ‘Tenerife and her Six Satellites’, there ...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 ...Full Article

The short reign of King Amadeo I

Next time you’re sitting in the sun, drinking your wine or a cup of tea, and ruminating on the pro’s and con’s of constitutional ...Full Article

“La Casa Fuerte” of Adeje

La Casa Fuerte de Adeje (the Strong House of Adeje) is an absolute gem so far as Tenerife is concerned. The cultural history of ...Full Article

Slavery in Adeje

Slavery today in Adeje, so far as I know, does not exist. By ‘slavery’ I don’t mean the namby-pamby ‘zero-hour contracts’, unpaid ‘internships’ and ...Full Article

Death, the dog and the Guanche astronomers

Prehistoric people and so-called ‘backward’ tribes are well known to have had a profound knowledge of the stars and their movements in the heavens. ...Full Article

25th July 1797: The British invasion of Tenerife

“One of our recent most popular features was Alastair Robertson’s account of how he took part in the recreation of the famous Santa Cruz ...Full Article

25th July 1797: The British invasion of Tenerife

I’ve never thought of myself as a military man, but on Saturday 26th July 2014 I joined the British army as a private. Within ...Full Article

The Guanches: Taboo subjects

There are two things one cannot talk about in polite society without the risk of causing offence – Religion and Politics, so here we ...Full Article

Guanche art and artefacts

By comparison with other islands of the Canaries, the Guanche art of Tenerife is looked upon as the most primitive, although that doesn’t say ...Full Article
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