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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. Here, he delves more into the history of the historic day and reveals some surprising facts. “ In the dark, quiet early morning hours of the 25th July 1797 a ...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

A tour of the fortifications of Tenerife (Part VII)

El Semaforo de Igueste   If you sit in the Plaza de Espana in Santa Cruz facing north, and look along the coast to the rugged outline of the ...Full Article

A tour of the fortifications of Tenerife /Part VI)

Today we’ve reached the final part of our tour and we’ll look at an official tour before we visit the oldest fort on the island, a fort that was ...Full Article

A tour of the fortifications of Tenerife (part v)

  We’ve travelled around the west and north of Tenerife on our tour and today we’re arriving back in Santa Cruz. Before Santa Cruz became the capital, it was ...Full Article
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