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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 1797, when a British fleet, under the command of Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson, attacked Tenerife and was defeated by rough seas, ferocious cannon fire and the tenacious heroism of the islanders, both male and female. ...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 caves. The barrancos were a ...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 she did not enjoy writing. ...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 Asia. His best known exploit ...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 out about the event at ...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 for the British in Tenerife. ...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 of the island’ to be ...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 about the world they lived ...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 houses, the ‘casas terreras’, in ...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 22nd and 25th 1797, the ...Full Article
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