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“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 jumps from the never-changing Neolithic Age of the Guanches to the Spanish Conquest in 1496, with nothing in between. This means that there are no buildings over 500 years old, so at 450 ...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 for the working ...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 also well known ...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 battle of July 25th, 1797. ...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 ten minutes I was promoted ...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 go. (Be warned, this article, ...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 a lot, because the rest ...Full Article

Guanche health and fitness

The Guanches of Tenerife, like other Neolithic people around the world, led an active outdoor life and that’s not so surprising because they were farmers. They were supposed to ...Full Article

The arrival of the Guanches

Almost as soon as you step off the plane at the airport you hear about the Guanches, the aboriginal natives of Tenerife who wore skins, used stone tools and ...Full Article

The Spanish Royal Family of England

This is one of those historical ‘what-if’ scenarios. What if England had, through marriages with the Spanish royal family, become a satellite of Spain? In the sixteenth century this ...Full Article
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