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Alastair Robertson

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 the British Isles were the main trading partners for products of the islands.

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’, ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 monarchy, as ...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 the island ...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 food banks ...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. It is ...Full Article
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